Reader ‘s opinion Graduates of the profession deserve recognition

What would Finland be like without builders, logistics workers, social and health professionals, restaurant workers and numerous other experts?

In vocational training have been shown to increase the value of vocational training. How is this lack of appreciation reflected? At least in the spring, it’s easy to see how students and the success stories of several boarders are highlighted in the media. The situation is partly understandable: the familiar format is easy to continue.

However, especially this spring, it would have been possible to tell more about graduating vocational school students who have completed their practical studies in challenging distance conditions. Graduation has not been a matter of course for many young people. It must be possible to look at success in studies from other angles than through the numbers and letters of the final certificate.

Extensive reforms have taken place in vocational education in recent years, for example due to education reform. More than 40 per cent of young people completing primary school continue their studies at a vocational school as their primary option. There have been no significant changes in the figures, so vocational training remains attractive despite the major turmoil.

An amisbarometer survey carried out by Sakki ry in 2019 shows that a large proportion of young people apply for vocational training, especially because of the development of their field of interest and competence. Vocational school students experience pride in their studies. And why not? Vocational training offers the opportunity to enter a field of interest to oneself immediately after graduation. Practicality is also a good aspect of professional studies – students learn by doing. Completing studies is more flexible than, for example, in high school, and in addition, the degree provides a pathway to university studies.

Vocational education is the mainstay of our society. What would Finland be like without builders, logistics workers, social and health professionals, restaurant workers and numerous other experts? However, the journey towards the appreciation of vocational education is still badly under way. Attitudes and perceptions of amix are passed down from generation to generation, and influencing them is a particularly challenging but necessary task. Vocational students must receive the recognition they deserve now and in the future.

Sara Siponmaa

development expert

Matti Tujula

lobbying expert

Sakki ry

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