Apprenticeships Around The World: Finland

What is it like to become an apprentice in Finland? Well, it would be very much like the UK; it’s a very hands-on form of learning and is a good way of gaining the right qualifications for your chosen career. So, if you happen to live in Helsinki, you’re in pretty good hands.


The history of apprenticeships in Finland is a long one. The first law regarding apprenticeships appeared all the way back in 1923, setting the standard for all apprentices and employees alike across the country. This means all apprentices are paid a wage and can enjoy safe working conditions thanks to this law.

The law has been reformed several times since them to accommodate for changing economic circumstances, but otherwise has been the guiding principle for which all Finnish apprenticeships are based on. These changes occurred in 1967, 1983, 1988, and 1992, which is pretty frequent but since then there have been no amendments.


Apprenticeships in Finland cover many different industries and different forms of higher education. This includes upper secondary level education, post-secondary and higher-level education as well as sectoral level education.

If an apprentice does not want to pursue a qualification, then they are well within their right to do so. The experience is the most important aspect of any apprenticeship the world over, though gaining a qualification is the proof you’ll need to show potential employers what you have accomplished.

Age Group

Anyone above the age of 18 can become an apprentice in Finland, however, the majority tend to be older. Most young people tend to choose the upper secondary vocational qualification first, enrolling in regular programmes that do not involve an apprenticeship.

That isn’t to say apprenticeships are unpopular! They are seen as a gateway to even better qualifications and jobs that can lead to a fulfilling career.

If you’re looking to pursue an apprenticeship here in the UK, feel free to explore our apprenticeship page where you can realise your full potential.