Welcome to the Diakonia College of Finland

Diakonia College of Finland has a long long history of education. It all began in 1867 while training deaconesses to help assist those in distress. Diaconic work go where human distress, degradation and suffering are the greatest, so that we can fulfil the vision of heeding the human dignity of everyone. Our history can be seen today in our values.

The Diakonia College of Finland is a nationwide private education organizer. Our campuses arrange training in Helsinki, Lahti and Oulu. We have about 2,000 students each year in the SDO. The number of staff is more than 200.

We are training professionals to work in social, health, beauty, humanities and education, as well as in catering and leadership. We also organize pre-vocational programmes, coaching and services for individual paths for training and employment and give general education. We provide updating training for professionals and offer services by our apprenticeship office.

In addition, we offer free general adult education for working life and individual citizens. Project and development cooperation will be implemented jointly with working life and other educational institutions.

In Diakonia College of Finland we offer training on following fields

  • Health and Welfare (Social and Health Services, Welfare, Education and Guidance)
  • Service Industries (Beauty Services, Domestic Services, Catering, Cleaning Services)
  • Business, Administration and Law (Leadership)

Finnish vocational education and training is competence based and customer oriented

Finland’s educational policy objective is to guarantee equal educational opportunities for each individual. The aim is that everyone will complete at least a secondary level qualification. Around half of the students completing their basic education continue to vocational education and training (VET) and half to general upper secondary (high school) education.

Finnish Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Finnish VET is based on work orientation. Vocational education and training always includes on-the-job learning in Finland or abroad. Completing a vocational upper secondary qualification is free of charge for the students.

For more information, please contact

Mr Juha-Petri Niiranen
CEO, Principal
+358 40 174 5384

Mrs Heli Ramula
International Relations
+358 50 395 5986

Mrs Seija Markkanen
Development Manager
+358 44 713 2323