Vantaa Vocational College Varia, is located within the Helsinki metropolitan area. At Varia, we organise multidisciplinary upper secondary education for both youths and adults (currently around 3,800 students; of which, 2,700 are youths and 1,100 adults). Students have a chance to graduate with one of the 17 different vocational upper secondary qualifications, but we also offer tailor-made educational services to businesses and communities. Our goal is to provide students basic skills required in the workplace and, as part of this, practical skills acquired from on-the-job learning.
All our basic diplomas include at least 30 ECVET credits on-the-job-learning. Our students also work on assignments for customers all the time and we work actively in co-operation with businesses in the area. The future employers of our students can influence on educational content, and can teach know-how according to their business requirements during the on-the-job learning period. According to a comparison by the Department of Education, graduates from Varia have better employment opportunities compared to those from other vocational institutes in the area.
Our students will graduate with a vocational upper secondary qualification according to their own progress plan. Students with a comprehensive school education background graduate, on average, in three years and students with a matriculation examination background graduate in two years. Following basic studies in their own field, our students choose their study path according to their interests. Varia has exchange programs as well as other co-operation with educational institutions and businesses in both Europe and the rest of the world and our international affairs team aims to promote tolerance, knowledge of other cultures in an increasingly global working life.
Varia in English presentation.