Häme Vocational Institute is a multi-disciplinary upper secondary level institute comprising of special units for agriculture, dairy production, driving instructor training and horticulture and landscaping. The institute produces skilled graduates with vocational qualifications in forestry, the dairy industry, farming, horticulture and landscaping. Upper secondary vocational qualifications can be taken as part-time studies.
A major share of the study programmes lead to further and specialist vocational qualifications. The driving instructor training is only available as a specialist vocational qualification.
Häme Vocational Institute works in close cooperation with Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK). The natural resources sector programmes of the two institutes share facilities in Evo, Lepaa and Mustiala. Wood chip heating has been introduced in all three locations, thus drawing on the most recent bioenergy expertise both in the education and in practice. Similarly, the Driving Instructor Education Centre shares facilities with the HAMK Professional Teacher Education Unit.
Häme Vocational Institute has a student hall of residence in which most students live during the week. For this reason, the institute provides plenty of instructor-led leisure activities, in particular sports activities and various clubs.
Practical assignments play a key role in Finnish upper secondary vocational education and training, and part of the studies are completed as on-the-job learning. The study programmes are planned and implemented together with workplace partners.
Students who have completed upper secondary vocational education are eligible for universities and universities of applied sciences. On the ECVET scale, this type of education represents level three.