About us

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Savo Consortium for Education is one of the largest providers of vocational education and training and upper secondary education in Finland. The Consortium, consisting of 16 municipalities in the North Savo Region, manages Savo Vocational College and Varkaus Upper Secondary School. The Consortium operates on 10 campuses in Kuopio, Varkaus, Siilinjärvi  and Iisalmi.

If you are interested to learn more about the Finnish education system, please see the website of Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture.

Our strategy

Agent of sustainable future.

Knot represents sustainability.


We will build an ecologically, culturally, socially and economically sustainable future.

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The future will be changed by the actions of today. Our operations will be regenerating.
We will have the courage to be a trailblazer and  the ability to adapt to changes.

Human figure represents agency.


We will be an open, active agent that takes the
initiative and an innovative and respected partner.


  • Savo Consortium for Education was founded in 2004, but both vocational college and upper secondary school have a long history in the Northern Savonia region. 

  • Our mission is to educate people and improve their skills and competences. 

  • Trust is an important value in everything we do.


  • almost 17 000 students (in 2019)

  • over 700 staff members 

  • 117 different vocational qualifications

  • over 2 500 qualifications completed annually

  • annual turnover €68 million

  • 51 medals won in skills competitions between 2014–2019

  • approximately 60 ongoing projects

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Our fields of study

At Savo Vocational College our fields of study are

  • Social sciences, Business and Administration  

  • Tourism, Catering and Home Economics 

  • Natural Sciences  

  • Social Services, Health and Sports 

  • Natural Resources and the Environment 

  • Technology and Transport  

  • Culture 

For immigrants

Please note that if you wish to study at Savo Vocational College, the education we provide is conducted in Finnish. Therefore, to be eligible to study at our school, you must meet the language proficiency criteria, which varies depending on the educational field you are interested in.

Read more about applying on our How to apply page (in Finnish). Please note that because our teaching language is Finnish, the information we provide on our website about our education is in Finnish.

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Our internationality

Internationality is an important part of our education and operations. One of our strategic goals is to develop the international competences of our staff and students. We strive for tolerance and intercultural communication.