Published: 12 December 2018

Educational institutions’ adult education not leading to a qualification decreased in 2017

According to Statistics Finland's Education Statistics, education not leading to a qualification organised by educational institutions decreased in 2017. Good five million hours of teaching were given 2017, which is over 12 per cent lower than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) also decreased to around two million, which is seven per cent lower than in the year before.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2017

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 52 125 34 149 377
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 1 122 65 13 661
Employment training for adults 30 142 43 601 038
Courses ordered by the employer 169 908 46 294 646
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 576 800 72 2 728 282
Open university of applied sciences 40 262 66 744 583
Open university teaching 1) 33 892 76 56 504
Other education 95 036 60 454 428
Total 1 999 287 68 5 042 519
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

The number of teaching hours given in further vocational education (not apprenticeship training), labour market training and open education at universities of applied sciences decreased significantly from the year before, by around 30 per cent in 2017. Examined by the number of teaching hours, courses ordered by the employer also decreased by nearly one-fourth. The number of teaching hours in education organised as liberal education, on the other hand, remained almost on level (-1 per cent) with the year before.

Good one-half of all hours taught in education not leading to a qualification were given in education organised as liberal adult education, and 15 per cent as open education at universities of applied sciences. Employment training for adults covered 12 per cent of all teaching hours. Of all participants almost four out of five were studying in education arranged as liberal education and almost every tenth in education ordered by employers.

The gross number of students in education organised as liberal adult education was close on 1.6 million and their net number was almost 900,000. A person is included (as participant) in the gross number of students from each education he/she studies. Thus a student can be included more than once in the number of students in one or more educational institutions during the calendar year. In net numbers of students one person is included only once.

The number of teaching hours in education arranged as liberal education was good 2.7 million. The highest share (28 per cent) of all the teaching hours in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, where the most popular were music, and crafts and design. Popular fields of education were also social, health and sports, where 18 per cent of hours were taught, and humanities and education with 17 per cent of all hours taught.

In 2017, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school (upper secondary general schools, folk high schools, adult education centres and vocational institutes) numbered 4,160, of whom 3,843 were in basic education, that is, studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 317 attended additional education (10th grade).


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Tarja Seppänen 029 551 3220, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 12.12.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.4.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/oaiop/2017/oaiop_2017_2018-12-12_tie_001_en.html