The popularity and quality of the vocational education has increased steadily since the beginning of the 1990s, and at the moment just over half of each age group chooses a vocational education after completing comprehensive school. Despite the number of students and the increasing popularity of this education sector, no varied, reliable and current data has previously existed on vocational students. Now, for the first time, the VET Student Survey makes it possible to take into account the varied circumstances of vocational students all over the country.
The material from the VET Student Survey is more extensive than anything before it; unlike previous studies, this one strives to include all students studying on a curriculum-based vocational course in an institution. The extensive material will bring out the factors that lie behind phenomena better than before. At the same time, the material also paints a varied picture of the everyday lives of vocational students in Finland.
We, the creators of the VET Student Survey, would like to warmly encourage you to get to know the material we have produced and to report on current, interesting, new and surprising findings to the whole nation.
The VET Student Survey, which is the largest nationwide study on upper secondary vocational education, is free to use for research purposes. The data acquisition, which covers all of Finland and will be repeated every two years, makes it possible to examine vocational education in a whole new way. A closer examination is needed, as people enter vocational education from many different backgrounds. Many new students already have a previous qualification, and about half of those taking up vocational studies have just completed comprehensive school.
The studies carried out in the past few years have either looked at the entire group of young people as a whole, or focused on some fixed theme, which limits the degree of generalisation of the results and does not enable researchers to examine the factors that lie behind the phenomena. For the first time, the VET Student Survey makes it possible to examine the varied circumstances of vocational students all over the country.
The VET Student Survey is being carried out for the first time in 2015, and it will then be repeated every two years.
Through the results from the VET Student Survey it is possible to follow the development of vocational education in Finland. On these pages you can also find inspiration and ideas for developing the everyday life at your own school.
As well as the public results, the institution-specific results also provide institutions with a valuable tool for their development and valuable information on the teaching and students from their own point of view.
The material from the VET Student Survey makes it possible to achieve qualitative comparability, but the aim is not to create ranking lists for vocational education or artificial differences between institutions or study programs. Based on the material from the VET Student Survey it would also be impossible to create these kinds of classifications, as no survey, no matter how extensive or limited, can examine all background factors related to education and life in an exhaustive way. While creating the VET Student Survey we were also strongly of the view that the survey would focus on examining how well the students like their school, on their wellbeing and their outlook, instead of pointlessly staring at their grades.