Education and training of seafarers are arranged at the upper secondary and at the university level in maritime academies situated in Rauma, Kotka, Turku and in Mariehamn.
You can apply for a place in maritime education and training through:
- the joint application process for secondary level education (vocational schools)
- the joint application process for university level education (universities of applied sciences)
- an application for studies aiming to upgrade qualifications.
You can obtain the vocational qualifications needed for a career in shipping through education and work experience.
The Apprentice Mill, serves as a link between the maritime institutes and the shipowners. The most important task of the mill is to co-ordinate the onboard training and inform institutes and shipowners of the apprentice situation. The operation of Apprentice Mill is maintained by the association Merenkulun Harjoittelumylly ry /Sjöfartens PraktikKvarn rf.
ABOA MARE, TURKU
Turku lives and breathes at the focal point of the world’s most beautiful archipelago and is known for its shipyard industry.Aboa Mare trains Master Mariners at the Novia University of Applied Sciences and Watchkeeping Officers and Engineers at the vocational institute Axxell.The education is in Swedish, except for the English-language Master Mariner line (Maritime Management). Aboa Mare’s simulation unit offers international education for both professional seafarers and to others in need of simulator training
ÅLAND UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
Mariehamn The Åland Islands are famous for their shipowners and ancient seafaring traditions.
Åland University of Applied Sciences (Högskolan på Åland) educates master mariners, marine engineers and master electricians in Mariehamn. The language of instruction is Swedish. Students, who have obtained a diploma, can apply for jobs on both Finnish and foreign ships.
SATAKUNTA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES, TECHNOLOGY AND MARITIME MANAGEMENT
Rauma The studies offered by the Rauma faculty are anchored to long seafaring traditions and modern maritime technology. The graduates of the Maritime Management programme are master mariners and engineers (marine engineers). A graduate can serve as a navigating officer, chief navigating officer, master, watchkeeping engineer or chief engineer. The students hone their navigation skills in the simulators, and they also have up-to-date engine room and loading simulators at their disposal.
KAAKKOIS-SUOMEN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES, XAMK
In the seafaring training programme, you can choose to study to become a master mariner or maritime engineer. The qualifications are master mariner (AMK) and engineer (AMK). In both orientations, it is possible to study during regular hours or with a different timetable. The language of instruction is Finnish.
WINNOVA LÄNSIRANNIKON KOULUTUS, RAUMA
The maritime town of Rauma has a tradition of training seamen, dating back more than a century. In the first stage, all students at the institute start with common vocational studies, which include not only navigation and ship technology, but also the basics of safety and emergency procedures. After a period of on-the-job-learning, the students can specialise by taking a Deck and Engine Repairing, Watch or Engine Officer’s or Electrical Operation study programme.
ETELÄ-KYMENLAAKSO VOCATIONAL COLLEGE
Kotka Many popular Finnish songs pay tribute to the seafarers and port of Kotka.
The Tourism Industry training programme in Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College trains maritime cooks and waiters. In the Technology and Transport programme, you can obtain qualifications as a watchkeeping engineer or officer.
Ålands gymnasium, sjöfart (Ålands Sjömanskola), Mariehamn
Evidence of seafaring education being imparted has been found in Åland already 150 years ago.
Ålands Yrkesgymnasium is located in Mariehamn, and one can choose the training programme for deck or repairman, private, engine operator, ship electrician, watchkeeping engineer or watchkeeping officer. Students seeking to study at the school come mostly from Åland and the Swedish-speaking Finnish archipelago.