Samiedu Vocational College
Samiedu is an upper secondary vocational institution located in the town of Savonlinna. Samiedu is known as a high-quality institution and an excellent coordinator and partner in pedagogical development projects. Samiedu is a four-time winner (2017, 2011, 2007, 2003) of the National Quality Award granted by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture for developing good practices in vocational education and training.
The core competencies of Samiedu are strategic management, knowledge-based management, collegial personnel development, and auditing tools for teaching and learning processes.
Samiedu is owned and maintained by a federation of education formed by six municipalities in the Savonlinna region. Savonlinna is a beautiful small town of about 33 000 inhabitants, located in the heart of the lake district in eastern Finland. The major industries in the region are tourism, services, the wood industry, and the mechanical, electrical and electronics industry. Savonlinna is famous for its world-renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival, held in the medieval castle of Olavinlinna.
There are about 1 600 students, aged 16–60 years, studying in the various programmes of Samiedu. A third of the students are studying in one of the vocational qualification programmes provided by Samiedu, and two thirds are adult students in vocational upper secondary education and training, in programmes leading to further or specialist vocational qualifications or in apprenticeship training. The majority of the students are from Savonlinna or the surrounding municipalities, but many also come from elsewhere in Finland. Samiedu employs a staff of over 180 professionals.
Samiedu provides education and training in the following fields:
- Health and Welfare, Business and Administration
- Technology and Forestry
Finnish VET is highly individualized competence-based learning and on-the-job learning. Due to this, the duration of a study programme can vary from one to three years, depending on the personal study plan prepared for every student at the start of their studies. The study plan can be edited at any time during the studies. The competence-based approach determines how much practical training is included in the studies. A vocational qualification gives the student the skills to work in the field of their choice and makes them eligible for further studies.
Samiedu also organizes short job training courses in different fields, such as online courses, courses to obtain a safety certificate (first aid, hot work, chemical safety), computer-aided design and manufacture, courses to obtain a computer driving license, and courses in the fields of welfare, business and administration.