As an adult there are several ways to become a professional construction worker. You can choose to go either via the building and construction programme at VUX (secondary school for adults) or vacational advancement via the Employment Service. You can also choose to go thru an educational company. There are many opportunities as you can see!
Go to school och go to work?
There are two paths: the School programme and the Adult education apprenticeship system.
The school programme is very similar to the secondary school programme. However, you only study vocational courses. The programme combines theoretical and practical education in school with training at the workplace, known as workplace-based learning (WBL). Roughly 15% of the total time is spent during workplace-based learning. The length of the programmes varies slightly but is usually one year. The length of the education period depends on the pace of the education, the choice of profession and the school’s own programme.
The majority of your training in the Adult education apprenticeship system (up to 70%) is at a workplace. Theoretical training is provided in the classroom. The length of the programmes varies slightly but is usually one year. The length of the education period depends on the pace of the education, the choice of profession and the school’s own programme.
Who can attend adult education?
You can attend adult secondary school starting from July 1st of the year you become 20 years old. You may qualify even if you are under 20 years of age but only if you have completed a national programme or a similar secondary school education.
The qualification period
The period following initial training is called the qualification period, during which you work as an apprentice in a company. The length of the qualification period varies from 24-36 months depending on the profession, after which you can apply for a professional certificate. You will receive an agreed-upon apprenticeship wage during the qualification period. You must independently apply for an apprenticeship position at a company that has either a collective agreement or a labour contract.