The best VET provider in Finland
Optima has been awarded the best Vocational Upper Secondary Education and Training School in Finland for the eight time by the Ministry of Education and Culture 2017. Optima has previously been ranked number one in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and in 2016. One of the major contributing factors to the success lies in Optima’s good and smooth cooperation with local enterprises. During the European Vocational Skills Week in december 2016, Optima was given the award for Innovative and excellent VET provider. Optima was selected for sustainable proactive efforts to innovative and flexible learning pathways and participative governance.
Optima arranges vocational education and training for young people and adults, answers for special-needs vocational education and training for Swedish-speaking students in Finland as well as provides various types of services for trade and industry. The language of instruction in the different programmes is primarily Swedish, but one program in vocational upper secondary education and training as well as some parts of vocational adult education take place in Finnish. Services for trade and industry are, of course, bilingual in Finnish and Swedish, and so are the services related to banquets, seminars, restaurant and catering.
We operate mainly in the Jakobstad region but because of special-needs vocational education and training we figure in all the Swedish-speaking regions in Finland. Optima has 1,100 students in the programmes for young people and 2,000-3,000 adult students on a yearly basis. At present, we have approx. 240 employees.
Our quality management system is certified to ISO 9001.
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