The Finnish National Vocational Team competes for medals at the EuroSkills 2018 Budapest competition. Finland partakes in 25 different events. The competitiors are chosen through qualificiation competitions during the fall of 2017. Participants are of age 25 or under. Some of the youths are students, while others have been employed for a while already. The national team consists of, in addition to the competitors, judges, experts in their fields. These experts, like the competitors come from various regions in Finland.
The competition takes three days. Some of the events focus on one big assignment, whereas others consist of multiple tasks. Hairdressers have traditionally performed various tasks such as dying and haircuts. In catering and healt and social care the competitors each perform a task, one at a time. Cabinetmakers have one set place of work, where they work on the same piece of furniture for three days. The audience gets to experience these efforts up close, which creates a thrilling atmosphere for the competitors and a suspensful viewing experience for the audience.
At the National Team training camp the team bonds and the competitors gets to improve their mental and physical capabilities. Each competitor also trains in his or her vocational skills and practices the competition tasks with their own coach as well as with an expert in their skill.
Finland has participated in EuroSkills since the very beginning of the event in 2008. Finland was one of the founding members of the EuroSkills competition, and has had a board member in the board since its founding. The current board member is Chief Training Manager Teija Ripattila.
Skills Finland also sends a team to the WorldSkills competition, which takes place biennially, alternating turns with EuroSkills. The first WorldSkills competition that Finland partook in took place in 1989 in Birmingham, and Finland has been a part of every WorldSkills ever since. SkillsFinland organized the event in 2005 in Helsinki.
With the exception for the first WorldSkills event, Finland has managed to bring home medals every time. This is proof of the high level of vocational education in the country and the high quality of coaching as well as the motivation found in the competitors.