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Developing VET Excellence - 
From Policy to Practice 
Mervi Jansson 
Satu Järvinen
Finnish VET Excellence - What Is Our 
Secret Formula? 
Image - not a second rate track! 
Quality - recognised and rewared....
Finnish education system 
Universities! 
Doctoral and licentiate degrees! 
Master’s degrees! 
Bachelor’s degrees 
WORK EXP...
VET in Finland 
Finnish National Board of Education 
! 
Regulations on vocational qualifications 
! 
• qualification requi...
Image of Vocational Education and 
Training in Finland 
90 % state that vocational 
education and training has a 
positive...
Quality and Relevance of Finnish VET 
! 
88% state that VET offers high 
quality learning. 
! 
84% state teachers and trai...
The Future of Learning is Out There.... 
Learning is a social process. 
! 
Recognition of prior learning, 
skills demonstr...
Contextualised and Authentic 
In Finnish vocational education: 
! 
" Competence is assessed by means of vocational skills ...
How do you measure and document?
Assessing Learning Outcomes 
Is the end result enough...or is the process 
acutally the outcome? 
! 
!
Authentic, transparent, mobile...
Using mobile devices to document learning outcomes 
Based on Clark Quinn (2011), Designing mLearning,
Changing roles 
Learner 
Teacher 
Co-creater Consumer 
Participant
VET IN FINLAND
Breaking 
boundaries 
between education 
and the real world... 
Creating opportunities: 
professional careers, start ups, ...
Real people - Real world - Real skills! 
Building the future of VET!
Thank you!
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  1. 1. Developing VET Excellence - From Policy to Practice Mervi Jansson Satu Järvinen
  2. 2. Finnish VET Excellence - What Is Our Secret Formula? Image - not a second rate track! Quality - recognised and rewared. Relevance - qualifications are up-to- date. Employability - real world skills. Governance - FNBE coordinated, balanced mix of LLL and working life input. Flexibility - all learning counts, no dead ends. Lifelong learning - a comprehensive qualifications framework for all ages and backgrounds. !
  3. 3. Finnish education system Universities! Doctoral and licentiate degrees! Master’s degrees! Bachelor’s degrees WORK EXPERIENCE Basic education General upper secondary schools 7-16-year olds Polytechnics Polytechnic master’s degrees Polytechnic bachelor’s degrees Specialist vocational qualifications Further vocational qualifications Vocational qualifications Vocational institutions and apprenticeship training Pre-primary education Matriculation examination 6-year olds NQF 8 NQF 7 NQF 6 NQF 5 NQF 4 NQF 3
  4. 4. VET in Finland Finnish National Board of Education ! Regulations on vocational qualifications ! • qualification requirements • assessment criteria • other regulations concerning vocational education and training ! At present, there are 371 qualifications in Finland ! 52 vocational qualifications divided into 113 study programmes 188 further vocational qualifications 131 specialist vocational qualifications
  5. 5. Image of Vocational Education and Training in Finland 90 % state that vocational education and training has a positive image. ! 96 % state that VET is taught in modern learning environments. ! 88% state that VET offers skills needed by employers. ! Eurobarometer study 2011
  6. 6. Quality and Relevance of Finnish VET ! 88% state that VET offers high quality learning. ! 84% state teachers and trainers are competent. ! 89% state VET leads to jobs highly demanded on the labour market. Eurobarometer study 2011
  7. 7. The Future of Learning is Out There.... Learning is a social process. ! Recognition of prior learning, skills demonstrations and assessing competence is in the heart of Finnish VET. ! Learning outcomes based curricula enabling flexible study paths. !
  8. 8. Contextualised and Authentic In Finnish vocational education: ! " Competence is assessed by means of vocational skills demonstrations in the most authentic settings possible. Assessment makes diverse use of different methods. " ! Example from the basic qualification in business and administration: ! The student - prepares for service situations independently - serves internal and external customers according to company instructions - carries out calculations required in sales situations
  9. 9. How do you measure and document?
  10. 10. Assessing Learning Outcomes Is the end result enough...or is the process acutally the outcome? ! !
  11. 11. Authentic, transparent, mobile...
  12. 12. Using mobile devices to document learning outcomes Based on Clark Quinn (2011), Designing mLearning,
  13. 13. Changing roles Learner Teacher Co-creater Consumer Participant
  14. 14. VET IN FINLAND
  15. 15. Breaking boundaries between education and the real world... Creating opportunities: professional careers, start ups, further studies... Building bridges and opening doors!
  16. 16. Real people - Real world - Real skills! Building the future of VET!
  17. 17. Thank you!
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