Salpaus provides vocational upper-secondary and adult education and training in the fields defined by the Ministry of Education:
Humanities and education
Social science, business and administration
Technology, communication and transport
Natural resources and the environment
Social services, health and sport
Tourism, catering and domestic services
In addition to VET, Salpaus offers general upper-secondary education. We are also providing VET education for disabled students in cooperation with Kaarisilta Art and Activity Center.
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Furthermore, the Ministry of Education has granted us a special commission to arrange VET vocational education for athletes as well as to provide general upper-secondary education with a technical bias.
Vehicle Technology and Logistics
The Vehicle Technology programme trains mechanics for careers in vehicle maintenance, repair and fitting. The options offered at Salpaus Further Education include passenger vehicle diagnostics, commercial vehicles, and motorsports. The Logistics programme provides training courses for drivers of passenger vehicles, buses and articulated vehicles, and courses in stock management. These roles require an independent approach and customer service skills.
The mechanics and driving students at Salpaus Further Education actively compete in skill competitions. Salpaus is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in automotive mechanics.
Salpaus Further Education provides logistics courses in Lahti and automotive courses in Lahti and Heinola. Our training programmes can be tailored to personal or business needs, and they are available in the entire Päijät-Häme region.
Hairdressing and Beauty Care
In hairdressing and beauty care, the focus is on respect for customers, a positive service attitude, interaction skills, responsibility, trustworthiness and, needless to say, technical skills. Salpaus Further Education trains cosmetics advisors, cosmetologists and hairdressers.
The full-time courses are organised at Kauneustalo Helmi, the new, light and airy beauty centre in the heart of Lahti. Students offer hair and beauty services to customers under expert guidance at the centre. Salpaus also provides tailor-made adult education programmes across the Päijät-Häme region.
Business and Administration
The vocational qualification in business and administration prepares students for roles in customer service and sales, financial and office administration, or library and information services. Jobs in this sector require presentation and interaction skills, and a broad knowledge of information and communication technologies. Financial literacy is beneficial.
For professionals working in the field, Salpaus Further Education offers continuing education in retail, administration, financial and business management to respond to the needs of changing workplaces. Our educational offering includes both short courses and programmes leading to a qualification. Training programmes can be tailor-made to meet personal or business needs.
Salpaus Further Education organises business and administration courses in Lahti and Heinola, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
The real estate service sector provides a broad range of employment opportunities which will continue to be sought after in future. These roles require an independent and responsible approach, and good customer service skills.
Job opportunities in real estate include
• Property maintenance
• Cleaning and waste management
• Facility management
• Technical services
• Caretaker and property management services
• Administrative property management.
Salpaus Further Education provides vocational courses in real estate services in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
The vocational qualification in metalwork and machinery prepares students for various manufacturing, installation, operational and maintenance roles in the industrial sector. This field requires technical and mathematical capabilities along with problem-solving skills and the ability to read technical drawings. International expansion of businesses provides opportunities to work abroad.
The students in the metalwork and machinery programme at Salpaus Further Education actively compete in skill competitions. Salpaus is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in welding.
Salpaus Further Education organises metalwork and machinery courses in Heinola, Lahti and Orimattila, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Gold and Silversmithing and Engraving
Education and professional practice in the field of gold and silversmithing are based on a strong artisan tradition. The courses are designed to allow room for a personal style and creativity to enable the artisan to provide unique products and services to customers.
Lahti is home to a globally renowned cluster of expertise in gold and silversmithing and engraving. Salpaus is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in goldsmithing and highly successful in skill competitions.
Salpaus Further Education provides vocational gold and silversmithing courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Cold Storage Technology
Cold storage technologies are needed in a number of applications, from food storage to air-conditioning in buildings and vehicles. Work in this field is varied and independent. Technical systems used in the cold storage industry include insulation, electrical work, cooling and heating.
Salpaus Further Education organises part-time vocational courses in cold storage technology in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Laboratory assistants work in laboratories and in R&D departments of commercial enterprises. The work involves samples, materials and basic research, product and production development, and quality and environmental safety control. Continuous development of technologies and analysis methods and the internationalisation of business activities require continuing professional development and updating of language skills.
Salpaus Further Education organises laboratory technology courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
The natural resources sector includes animal husbandry, equestrian care, fish processing, agriculture, and nature guide services. The products and services are clean, healthy and safe.
Salpaus Further Education organises full-time and part-time courses in natural resources in Asikkala on Lake Päijänne. Equestrian students study and train at the Jokimaa harness racing track in Lahti.
In addition to programmes leading to a vocational qualification, mature students have access to training programmes and continuing education on a range of topics, from dog grooming to courses for woodland owners. Training programmes can be tailor-made to personal or business needs.
The Asikkala unit of Salpaus Further Education has been granted the Sustainable Development Certificate of Educational Establishments in Finland.
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Multilingual, customer-oriented, well presented and enthusiastic - tourism professionals serve customers from different cultures and have a knack for creative problem-solving in any situation. Working in tourism requires a flexible approach to different situations and customers. IT skills are an integral part of the job. The vocational qualification in tourism also prepares students for entrepreneurship.
Tourism service providers sell, promote and produce events and activities and other recreational and well-being services. Travel agents provide advice to customers and reserve and sell different types of travel services.
Salpaus Further Education organises vocational tourism courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Services
Hotel, restaurant and catering professionals provide services in different settings, from day-to-day environments to celebratory occasions. At Salpaus Further Education, the courses integrate learning in real-life customer service situations, at workplaces and in our on-site training restaurants and cafes.
Salpaus Further Education organises vocational courses in hotel, restaurant and catering services in Lahti and Heinola. Part-time students and businesses can choose from a range of options, from wine courses to specialist vocational qualifications. Training programmes for companies can be tailor-made to personal or business needs.
Food industry training at Salpaus Further Education is focused on the bakery industry, which requires both technical skills and knowledge of automatic processes. In small bakeries, the focus is more on the craft of baking.
Bakers make savoury and sweet pastries, and confectionery such as cakes and cookies. Possible workplaces include bakeries, patisseries, cafes, restaurants, cake shops, catering services, in-store bakeries, and private businesses.
Salpaus Further Education offers full-time and special vocational education in food industry in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Plastics is a multi-faceted industry sector whose success is based on rapid regeneration and development of new materials, and the adaptability and pliability of products. Plastics have replaced many traditional materials and opened up new opportunities in product development and manufacturing. The principles of environmental stewardship and sustainable development are applied in the sector.
Salpaus Further Education organises vocational plastics courses Nastola, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Music technologists work with technologies, but their work also requires social and customer service skills. In this field, work is often project-based.
Possible roles include
• Live audio production
• Music technology
• TV and radio
• Film and video
• Recording and equipment manufacturing industries
• Recording and equipment sales
Salpaus Further Education provides vocational music technology education and part-time courses in Orimattila.
Youth and Leisure Instruction
Youth and leisure instruction professionals provide guidance and support to different groups of people. They organise community activities and services to individuals of different ages and cultural backgrounds.
The vocational certification prepares students to work in various roles in municipalities, parishes, institutions, organisations, communities, schools and other educational institutions.
Salpaus Further Education organises vocational education in youth and leisure instruction in Orimattila, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Surface Treatment Technology
Surface treatment technologies are used in the manufacture of different types of wood and metal products, such as furniture. Surface treatment technicians work in industrial environments using manual and automatic spraying systems for various products. Typical workplaces include joinery workshops.
Salpaus Further Education organises vocational surface treatment technology courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Household and Cleaning Services
Household and cleaning services support personal and environmental well-being. Customer satisfaction, a high standard of work, and ethical responsibility provide the basis for these services.
Many different types of skills are required in this industry. Professional service providers are able to react to changes and solve work-related problems independently.
Salpaus Further Education provides part-time vocational training in household and cleaning services in Lahti, Heinola and Orimattila, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region. In addition, vocational special needs education in domestic services is provided to small groups in Orimattila.
Wood is a natural material that requires creativity and skill. The wood processing industry manufactures products to customers' specifications and drawings. The work can involve mass production or demanding fabrication of unique objects, either as an employee or on a self-employed basis.
Wood processing professionals typically possess creative skills, and the courage and initiative to find solutions independently. In addition to manual skills, wood processing requires a good command of modern technologies, good concentration, an understanding of dimensions and forms, problem-solving skills, accuracy, and focus on quality.
The wood processing students of Salpaus Further Education have been highly successful in skill competitions in Finland and abroad. Salpaus is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in cabinet-making.
Salpaus Further Education organises wood processing courses in Lahti, and tailored continuing education and training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Today's construction world emphasises environmental stewardship and life-cycle approaches. In future, construction work will increasingly focus on building renovation and maintenance. At Salpaus Further Education, learning on real-life building sites is an integral part of construction training.
Construction workers include painters, builders, landscape contractors, and stonemasons. Another option is the planning assistant qualification, which requires good IT skills. Salpaus is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in computer-aided design (CAD).
Salpaus Further Education organises construction courses in Lahti and Heinola, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Building Maintenance Technology
Comfortable temperatures, running water and good ventilation are taken for granted in today's society. The construction and maintenance of these systems requires plumbing and ventilation experts and other skilled professionals.
The sector provides a broad range of job opportunities on new building sites, in renovation projects and maintenance roles. Learning on real-life building sites is an integral part of building maintenance training at Salpaus Further Education.
Salpaus Further Education organises building maintenance technology courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Circus artists are individual, creative and versatile performers. In the circus industry, the most successful performers are those with the best techniques, performance skills and positive attitudes. Major employers in Finland and abroad include various performing art productions, from plays to concerts, circus performances and operas. The majority of circus professionals work as freelancers.
Circus training is based on high motivation and the power of teamwork. The commitment of teachers and students to a shared goal creates an effective and friendly learning environment.
Salpaus Further Education is the only Finnish vocational education provider that offers professional circus training. The unit operates in Lahti, and enrolment takes place every other year.
Interior Decoration and Design
At Salpaus Further Education, interior decoration and design education is based on a strong artisan tradition without excluding modern technologies. Knowledge and the ability to work with a range of different materials are part of the skill set. In addition, interior design requires a proactive approach and social skills. The vocational qualification programme trains interior designers, upholsterers and artisans (design and modelling, furnishings and fittings, frame-making, or interior design).
Salpaus Further Education offers interior decoration and design courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Health and Social Services
The health and social service sector is ideal for people who want to contribute to the social and physical well-being of the population. The work is based on holistic encounters with customers or patients.
Job opportunities include various roles in health services, the care sector, education, and customer services. Career prospects are good both in the private and public sectors, and more private service providers will be required in future.
Salpaus Further Education organises vocational education in health and social services in Lahti, Heinola and Orimattila, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Electrical Engineering and Automation
The programme prepares students for roles in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical and automatic systems. The work is independent and brings a lot of responsibility, while it also requires cooperation and customer service skills. Rapidly changing technologies pose challenges and require continuing professional development.
Salpaus Further Education organises electrical engineering and automation courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Information Technology and Telecommunications
The vocational qualification in information technology and telecommunications prepares students for careers as ICT technicians or electronics technicians. Telecommunications play an increasingly important role in the society, and new ICT professionals are constantly needed to build and maintain functional networks. Electronics technicians install and programme new, more intelligent and increasingly automated machines and equipment.
Job opportunities in this sector vary from the installation of telecommunications and electronics to sales roles. IT and telecommunications specialists are employed by
• Electronics industries
• Telecommunications operators
• Network construction and maintenance providers
• Maintenance service providers
• Electrical retailers.
Salpaus Further Education organises IT and telecommunications courses in Heinola and Nastola, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Information and Communication Technology, ICT
The vocational qualification in business information technology prepares students for a range of careers requiring multiple skills, from providing support to other employees to maintaining IT networks and producing online services. Professionals with previous experience in the field can gain the qualification as a competence-based certification, or by taking the specialist vocational qualification designed for ICT professionals in supervisory roles.
In addition, Salpaus offers a range of courses of different levels and durations for beginners, intermediate and advanced users, and experts. Salpaus Further Education is the largest provider of IT training programmes for companies in Päijät-Häme, and a Microsoft IT Academy partner.
Salpaus Further Education organises ICT courses in Lahti and Heinola, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Security involves protecting property through various security measures and mechanisms. Security is an industry for the future for reliable and proactive professionals. Key aspects of security work include a customer-oriented approach, a positive service attitude, incident and accident prevention, and security monitoring.
Salpaus Further Education organises full-time vocational security courses in Heinola, and part-time courses in Lahti. Our training programmes can be tailored to your business needs, and they are available across the Päijät-Häme region.
The clothing industry is ideal for those with a passion for clothes, fashion, style and trends and who are looking to work in customer service roles. A career in clothing combines creativity, understanding of materials, and technical knowledge.
In the last few decades, the clothing industry has undergone major structural changes, and broader vocational skill sets are needed now more than ever before. Clothing production for the domestic and Western markets is focused on creating unique, individual pieces, limited editions and samples, as well as product development.
Salpaus Further Education trains clothing artisans and dressmakers. Salpaus organises vocational courses in Lahti, and tailored training programmes for companies across the Päijät-Häme region.
Different forms of communication and media are part of our everyday lives. The Audiovisual Communication and Visual Communication vocational qualifications provide basic skills for different assistant-level roles in media and advertising.
The work of media assistants and visual artisans combines artistic, technical and entrepreneurial abilities. Professionals in these fields must have sound knowledge of the basics of communication and media culture, and good interpersonal skills.
Salpaus Further Education organises audiovisual communication courses in Heinola, and visual communication can be studied in Hollola. Tailored training programmes for companies are available across the Päijät-Häme region.
Environmental services go beyond waste management, recycling and urban planning. Both small everyday actions and major technologies and services are equally important in preserving the environment. Environmental awareness among the workforce helps to improve businesses' profitability, and environmental experts are needed in all kinds of workplaces.
Salpaus Further Education provides full-time and part-time environmental courses in Lahti, and training programmes customised to suit individual workplace requirements.
Upper Secondary School Education
Upper secondary school is an unforgettable experience which provides students with a good general knowledge base and social skills. Upper secondary school opens up pathways to a broad range of higher education options.
Salpaus offers the following options:
• Upper secondary school (general)
• Technical option
• Upper secondary school for adults
• Courses for students undergoing vocational training.
The Upper Secondary School unit of Salpaus is located in Nastola. Students who are completing dual certification or vocational training can also take courses in Lahti, Asikkala and Heinola.
Personal permit cards, or certificates, are required for certain types of work. Salpaus Further Education offers courses for the following certificates and permits:
• ADR driving licence
• First aid courses EA1 and EA2
• Hygiene passport
• Alcohol server certification ("alcohol passport")
• Advanced courses for commercial drivers
• Road work safety card
• Forklift truck safety card
• Hot work card.
Language and Culture Training
Are you looking to improve your language skills or study a new language?
At Salpaus Further Education, you can study English, Spanish, Russian and Finnish. Our course offerings are listed on these pages. Alternatively, we can provide language courses tailored to your personal or business needs.
Do you work in an international setting? Do you deal with people from different cultures as part of your job?
In addition to language training, we can assist you in learning about different countries and cultures. Our trainers represent 13 different nationalities, and their in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of a specific country can help you build contacts in new regions. In addition to theoretical knowledge, operating in a foreign culture requires interpersonal skills, which you can practice on study excursions that are organised as part of the course. Our many years of experience in this field have brought us partners from around the world.
Or are you interested in developing diverse work communities?
Our multicultural trainers are at your service. See our website for further information about the services we offer.
Salpaus Further Education offers a broad range of solutions for businesses. Our services are competitively priced. Get in touch and let us build a service package to suit the needs of your business.
Are you an immigrant looking to learn more about the Finnish language, society or workplace culture?
You can enrol in the integration training course for immigrants by contacting your local ELY Centre. To register for one of our evening classes in Finnish language and culture, please contact our student affairs office. A detailed programme is published on this website. Early registration is advisable, as our courses are very popular!
Don't forget our tailor-made Finnish language courses, which are available for private individuals and small groups. Get in touch to find out more!
Are you interested in developing multicultural competence for workplaces?
The services of Salpaus Further Education are available both to individuals and organisations. Our clients include social and health care organisations, employers and agencies who recruit immigrants, and businesses looking to expand to other countries.
As educators, we are experienced and always on the pulse; inquisitive and enthusiastic. We have well-equipped classrooms and language studios, but we are also happy to organise a training session at a location of your choice - it could even be the cafeteria of a metal workshop! Get in touch to discuss your schedule and learning environment requirements - we also offer online courses.
Vocational Education for Athletes
At Salpaus Further Education, athletes from all sports can combine vocational training with a sports career. The vocational qualification programme comprises 120 credits in total, with 24 credits from sports.
Many track and field athletes, footballers, ice hockey players and other professional athletes have gained a vocational qualification at Salpaus.
Preparatory Vocational Education
Preparatory vocational education gives students time and opportunities to refocus their future plans and improve the grades received in comprehensive school. Preparatory vocational education includes individual careers advice and the possibility to explore different vocational options during work placements.
The Career Start and AVA training provide opportunities for experiencing work in different fields and acquiring general workplace skills. Home economics education provides general skills and knowledge related to housekeeping and personal health care. VALKO training is aimed at immigrants, and the course includes Finnish language studies.
Salpaus Further Education organises preparatory vocational education in Lahti. AVA education is also available in Heinola and Orimattila.
Vocational Special Needs Education
Salpaus Further Education provides vocational special needs education in cooperation with Kaarisilta ry. Preparatory and rehabilitative education and vocational education in music and visual arts are offered in alternate years.
Vocational special needs education is designed for individuals who need special support in learning and who have extensive learning difficulties as a result of developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, or an illness. The courses are organised at the Kaarisilta Art and Activity Centre in Villähde, Nastola.
Salpaus Further Education provides recruitment, orientation and induction training courses which are suitable for all industries. Our current offering includes
• Recruitment training
• Personal assessment
• Orientation and mentor training
• Workplace instructor training and apprentice instructor training
• Competence mapping
• Professional competence enhancement
• Leadership and supervision coaching programmes
• Work supervision.