Vantaa Vocational College Varia was established in 1963. Ever since it has changed its name various times until the name settled from VAKES to Varia in 2006. At first, there were only around 430 students studying on the Hiekkaharju campus. Today in Hiekkaharju there are around 1500 students and altogether in Varia’s five campuses, over 4000 students.
At first, it was only possible to study the classic handicraft professions like carpenter and sewer. In 1982, however, it became possible to study welding and electrical engineering, and gradually there became more and more fields to study. Currently, we provide training in 20 different vocational upper secondary qualifications as well as a wide range of further vocational and specialist vocational qualifications.
In 2010, Varia started providing vocational training to immigrants and in 2018 it became a permanent part of Varia’s educational supply. Finnish language classes are offered for students enrolled at the college to ease the integration with Finnish culture.