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. 7000 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.
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.
EQF level 4
- BEAUTY (fin, swe)
Vocational Qualification in Hairdressing and Beauty Care
- BUSINESS AND ENTREPREUNEURSHIP (fin, swe)
Vocational Qualification in Business
- CLEANING AND PROPERTYSERVICES (fin)
Vocational Qualification in Cleaning and Property Services
- ELECTRICITY AND AUTOMATION (fin)
Vocational Qualification in Electrical and Automation Engineering
- FASHION AND TEXTILE (fin)
Vocational Qualification in Crafts and Design
- TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY (fin, swe)
Vocational Qualification in Tourism Industry
- RESTAURANT AND CATERING SERVICES (fin, swe, eng)
- MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY (fin, eng)
Vocational qualification in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology
* Mechanical Fitter
- MEDIA, ICT and COMMUNICATION (fin, swe)
*Vocational Qualification in Media and Visual Expression
*Vocational Qualification in Information and Communications Technology
*Vocational Qualification in Information and Telecommunication Technology
- SAFETY AND SECURITY (fin, swe)
Vocational Qualification in Safety and Security
- VEHICLES (fin)
Vocational Qualification in Vehicle Technology
- WELFARE AND HEALTH (fin, swe)
Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care
- CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE (fin)
*Vocational qualification in construction
*Vocational Qualification in Building Maintenance Technology
- VALMA Preparatory Instruction and Guidance programme for VET (fin)
Valma is a 1-year – program (30-60 competence points) and forms a bridge to vocational education and training. VALMA gives the possibility for the student to learn about different study options and make plans for the future, strengthen their learning skills and to improve their grades and skills in Finnish.