About us

Welcome to Vantaa Vocational College Varia!

Vantaa Vocational College Varia organises vocational upper secondary education for those who have completed basic education syllabus as well as for adults. In addition, Varia offers preparatory education for vocational training for those at the transition point between basic education and upper secondary level, as well as for immigrants. Varia organises also tailor-made educational services to businesses and communities, groups and individuals.

In Varia, you can study and graduate on 17 different fields varying from vehicle technology to tourism industry and security. There are 17 vocational qualifications with more than 20 different competence areas you can specialise in.

Annually, there are about 3,800 students studying at Varia, out of which 2,700 are youths and 1,100 adults. The personnel of Varia includes almost 300 teachers and other experts in administration, sanitation, catering etc.

The teaching is in Finnish mostly, but currently it is possible to study in English in Restaurant Cook Services area.

Studying at Varia

Each student gets their individual study plan at Varia. This plan consists of the identification and recognition of prior learning and helps, thus, the student to organise the studies as efficiently as possible.

Students who have the basic education certificate graduate, on average, in three years. Students who have completed the matriculation examination graduate in two years. Those who have vast working experience on their field of study, can graduate even in less than two years depending on their individual study plan.

The students at Varia have their own students’ union, which has a representative when decisions of the vocational education are made in Varia. There are also plenty student activities and events organised by the students’ union. For example, social services students planned and organised a wellness week for senior citizenst.


Our goal is to give students basic skills required in work life and practical skills are best acquired by on-the-job-learning.

All our basic diplomas include on-the-job-learning but also during the study periods at the College, students constantly work on assignments and orders made by real customers.

Excellent employment rates

Varia has vast and diverse co-operation with local companies and other business life representatives. This and the long on-the-job-learning periods help Varia’s students to get easily employed directly after the graduation – in 2016 we had the best after-study-employment rates in the Helsinki metropolitan area!

Easy to get to Varia

We organise vocational upper secondary education at four different locations close to the railway stations in Vantaa. The College buildings are located in Aviapolis, Hiekkaharju, Koivukylä and Myyrmäki.

The co-operation with companies, apprenticeship learning and other business life connections are managed in Yrityspalvelukeskus Leija, which is located in central Vantaa in Veromäki.

International network

Varia has exchange programs as well as other co-operation with educational institutions and companies all around Europe and also in Asia. Varia’s international programs aim to promote tolerance, knowledge of other cultures, and placement in an increasingly globalising working life. Read more or send e-mail: anu.lahde@vantaa.fi

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