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Published: 10 December 2015

Six million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification in 2014

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of nearly 6.2 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification in 2014, which is around 13 per cent more than in the year before. There were close on one per cent more participants (gross number of students) than in the year before, altogether 2.2 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2014

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 81 792 39 355 103
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 4 047 68 35 457
Employment training for adults 48 082 44 1 120 742
Courses ordered by the employer 255 805 39 507 963
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 638 958 73 2 918 967
Open polytechnic teaching 25 417 66 624 670
Open university teaching 1) 43 815 77 67 466
Other education 115 277 50 521 353
Total 2 213 193 66 6 151 721
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

The highest number of participants attended education organised as liberal adult education, where the gross number of students was good 1.6 million and their net number was around 950,000. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, at good 2.9 million hours. The highest share (26 per cent) of all the teaching hours given in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, where the most popular subjects were music, and crafts and design.

In 2014, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school in upper secondary general schools, folk high schools, adult education centres and vocational institutes numbered 2,112, of whom 1,564 were in basic education, that is studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 548 attended additional education (10th grade).

Source: Education. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 10.12.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 8.12.2023].
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