VAMIA was founded 1.1.2017 when Vaasa Vocational Institute, Vaasa Adult Education Center and Vaasa Apprenticeship office merged into one organisation. Some of the educational departments have a history of over one hundred years.
VAMIA is run by the City of Vaasa and is a multidisciplinary vocational education organisation with approx. 5000 students per year (3000 fulltime). Vamia is offering vocational education to youth (16-19 years), to adults, to working life and to the industry. The programs offered are on EQF level 4 and specialist vocational qualifications on level 5. Vamia offers programs in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Almost 60 different vocational qualifications and over 40 study programs are offered within Vamia. The school has two campuses in Vaasa (Hansa campus and Sampo campus) and six fields of education: Energy services, Technology services, Wellfare services, Business services, Tourism services (hotel, restaurant/Catering, tourism, cleaning services) and General Education Services. The programs available in English can be found here; vamia.fi/en/education-and-applying/programs/.
Special areas of development within Vamia are Energy thinking, Entrepreneurship, Internationalisation and Lean philosophy.
Vamia is also offering short-term trainings and tailor-made in-house trainings for companies and their personnel. In addition, Vamia offers a wide range of occupational card tests that are to be held for professionals in specific fields such as hygiene test, occupational safety card, first aid etc.