Internationalisation is lively in Vamia and is visible in our daily operations.
Internationalisation is one of Vamia’s strategic priorities and our goal is to develop skilled workforce for the Vaasa region’s growth area, which is successful in international, multicultural and multilingual working life and society. The region of Vaasa is very international and multilingual. Over 100 different nationalities live and work in the area. The working life is international and there are many international companies in the area.
Vamia is actively involved in many local, regional, national and international networks and projects aimed at developing international skills and VET to meet the increasingly globalized needs of the working life and society.
In Vamia, students can choose internationally oriented studies in Finland, and about 100 students go abroad every year on 2 weeks to 6 months periods to complete workplaced learning in companies or to study at our partner schools. Foreign experience is part of the studies and is recognized and credited. Vamia has partners in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. The staff is actively involved in the international development, and about 50 members of staff go abroad every year to develop their own professional skills, develop vocational education and training with international partners, or to guide students.
In return, about 50 students from abroad visit Vamia each year. They attend classes or practice in companies in the Vaasa region. Over the years, international vocational training experts have become increasingly interested in Finnish VET and Vamia. We receive about 50-100 international experts every year through various development projects, experts carrying out jobshadowing or benchmarking classes and VET in Vamia and Finland.
Vamia also offers training programs in English in the field of restaurant and catering services and in production technology. These study groups are very international.
Erasmus + VET Mobility charter was awarded to Vamia in 2016.