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Practical Training

What is practical training?

Practical training is part of all the Bachelor’s degrees completed at the universities of applied sciences. Practical training means studying which takes place in a company or business, offering the student the opportunity to adapt what she or he has learned in practice and develop professionally. Since practical training is part of the student’s studies, it must be well-planned and supervised.

The scope of the practical training varies from 30 to 120 credits, depending of the field of study. This equals 20–80 weeks, i.e. 5-20 months of full-time work. The practical training can also be completed in parts and for separate employers in Finland or abroad.

When can I do my practical training?

Students begin practical training throughout the year, meaning that the practical training schedule depends on the curriculum of your degree programme. Please see detailed information on unit-specific practices on the Elmo Student (login required).

What must I do?

The student must

  • reflect on what type of practical training helps her or him to develop professionally and is suitable for the student’s own career plans,
  • find a place where she or he completes the practical training (see instructions below), and
  • be aware of how the practical training process works and adhere to it.

In what type of tasks?

The purpose of the practical training is to familiarise students, under supervision, with the essential tasks related to a degree. At the same time, the students learn to analyse the development challenges of working life. The tasks should be based on each student’s individual learning objectives and the needs of the employer. The practical training tutors of the units provide further information on suitable placements.

How do I find a place to complete my practical training?

There are various ways to find a placement. The students are usually responsible for finding a placement independently and should actively contact employers.

Some placements are also announced through the practical training coordinators of JAMK. See the practical training page on the Elmo student intra (login required).

Remember the social media channels too. For example, after creating a profile in LinkedIn, you can notify that you are looking for a practical training place. LinkedIn is an international, globally-renowned social media channel used by employers to look for competent people.

Why go abroad to study or do a practical training, i.e. on exchange?

When studying or doing practical training abroad students acquire first-hand experience of the joys and challenges of living and working in a foreign country and culture. During the study abroad period students have the possibility to increase their professional know-how, improve their personal knowledge and skills and get to know different languages and cultures as well as make new friends and create worldwide networks that can improve chances of employment after graduation.

Who supervises practical training?

Practical training is always guided and supervised. Every trainee is appointed a supervisor for the practical training period – both by the school and by the employer. It is defined in a practical training agreement. Practical training guidance also refers to advance guidance on applying for a placement, and on defining the learning objectives and tasks performed during the practical training. During the practical training period, the employer provides guidance and orientation with regard to the characteristics and tasks of the field. Orientation into the work environment and work culture of the organisation is also an essential part of the practical training. Please, familiarise the description of the practical training guidance (pdf).

How do I complete the practical training agreement?

The employer, trainee and JAMK conclude a practical training agreement. The student fills in the information in the Asio and prints the agreement, which is signed.

Do I get paid for doing the practical training?

Practical training can be either paid or unpaid. The amount of a potential salary is agreed on between the student and the employer. Trainees who are paid for their work are in an employment relationship and make a work contract as well as a practical training agreement. Students can apply for student financial aid through KELA (if eligible) for the period of practical training whether doing the practical training in Finland or abroad. The salary affects the amount of the aid received from KELA. For information about KELA support please see www.kela.fi. Students may, regardless of nationality, also apply for grant money for practical training completed abroad. Please see detailed information on practical training practices in the Internationalization through studies of the Elmo Student (login required). You can also talk to your practical training coordinators or contact international services (on the website of JAMK).

From whom do I seek compensation if I am injured while in practical training?

If the trainee is paid for the work, he/she is also covered by the statutory accident insurance of the company/organisation. Otherwise the trainee is covered by the accident insurance of JAMK.

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How do I end my practical training?

A feedback discussion is arranged between the student and the employer in the organisation at the end of the practical training, based on the principles of developmental discussion. In addition, the student writes a practical training report.

Note! The employer must write a reference for the practical training.

Experiences of practical training

”I learned incredibly much about working life through the practical training. In addition to developing practical competences, I realised how the entire production process of a company like this operates, and how many things must be taken into account. I find this was the most important thing about this practical training”

"It was interesting to participate in all the meetings regarding my own tasks. They gave me a clearer idea of what is done and why."

"Finally, I must conclude that the practical training did not meet my expectations – it surpassed them!"

(Quotations form students’ practical training reports.)

Contact information

For further information please contact the coordinator of your degree programme or the Head of Department.

The Practical Training Coordinators of the units are:

Contact persons in Social and health care

Blek Tiina

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
HYVI Terveysala, Health Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358407532091

Contact persons in business and services

Svärd Erica

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Liiketalous, Business Administration
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358504390821
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Degrees:
M.Sc. (Econ.)

Hynynen Piia

Koulutussihteeri, Education Secretary
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358405591802
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Miikkulainen Ilari

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358408429682

Kiviaho Niko

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Global Competence, Global Competence
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358503865681

Blinnikka Petra

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Matkailu ja palvelut sekä YAMK, Tourism and Service Business and Master´s Degrees
Liiketoiminta, School of Business
+358405399185
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Contact persons in technology and natural resources

Lappalainen-Kajan Tarja

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
IT, Institute of Information Technology
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358408618204

Hukari Sirpa

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Teollisuustekniikka, Industrial Engineering
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358407167526

Kakko Anneli

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Teollisuustekniikka, Industrial Engineering
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358400719531

Franssila Tommi

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Logistiikka, Logistics
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358405946847

Heinonen Ulla

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Biotalousinstituutti, Institute of Bioeconomy
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358408247648

Korpinen Jussi

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Teollisuustekniikka, Industrial Engineering
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358408250658
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Degrees:
MSc