Waiter / Waitress

UPDATE! DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF APPLICATIONS WE HAVE RECIEVED WE WILL CLOSE THE APPLICATION FORM ON 5 OF AUGUST AT 16.00 FINNISH TIME! 

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Waiter/ waitress programme introduction

Vocational upper secondary qualification in restaurant and catering services – Waiter/ waitress programme provides you with the basic knowledge of both theory and practice in the food production tasks in the restaurant industry in planning, cooking and presenting restaurant dishes and in storing food ingredients. The education is carried out at our modern well-equipped premises in Hansa campus with its own Restaurant Silveria open for public. On-the-job learning periods that are held in restaurants in Vaasa or elsewhere will make up an important part of the education. This qualification will also give you a good basis for continuing studies, if you wish to achieve a further degree in the industry or continuing education in the future.

How is the education arranged?

The qualification includes full-time studying as well as on-the-job learning periods. The classes are held during daytime (monday-friday). The duration of studies is approximately 3 years. Third year is mainly on-the-job learning.

Programme composition

The scope of the studies is 180 competence points (cp).

Compulsory vocational units 85 cp:

  • Working in catering services – 20 cp
  • Customer service and sales – 25 cp
  • Serving plated dishes and beverages – 40 cp

Optional vocational units 60 cp:

  • Selling and serving of beverages – 25 cp
  • Working in catering service – 25 cp
  • Café service – 10 cp

Common units 35 cp:

  • Communication and interaction skills 11-20 cp
  • Competence in mathematics and natural sciences 6-15 cp
  • Skills required in society and working life 9-18 cp

A personal study development plan is made for each student based on his/ her previous experience and studies.

Studying is free of charge. The school will provide the new students with appropriate uniform for kitchen and restaurant work.

Entry requirements for studies

Entry requirements for the vocational qualification are:

  • Nationality: all nationalities can apply for the programme
  • Age: you are at least 18 years of age when studies starts. There is no upper age limit.
  • High school certificate or the general school-leaving certificate.
  • One of the certificates of the international English tests. Applies for all applicants.
    • TOEFL IBT version 60 points minimum
    • IELTS academic or general training version 5 points minimum
    • Duolingo English test 85 points minimum
  • Enough of funds for living on the applicants account to be presented to the immigration office for the resident permit. More information www.migri.fi
  • Good physical condition to study and work in the restaurant- and catering industry.

Application procedure

Cook and waiter/waitress

  • The next application period starts in January 2023.
  • Application form will be closed when the quote of applicants is met.
  • You can only apply to one of the English programmes.
  • There is no tuition fee for the studies.

Application form

Online application form will open when the application period starts (click the link below).