Tampere College of Services



A cook plans and prepares meals for restaurant customers. The work includes the pre-processing, processing and cooking of different raw materials and semi-finished products. The profession requires manual skills, creativity and good senses of colour, taste and smell.

Cooks work in different restaurants, industrial kitchens, cafes, and event and catering companies.

  • Vocational Qualification in Hotel and Restaurant Services, Study Programme in Restaurant Meal Production


A hairdresser cuts hair and does beard treatments, cares for hair and the scalp, dyes hair and performs different permanent wave treatments. He or she does hairstyles and makeup and advises the customer on hair and scalp care and the use of cosmetic products. The profession requires customer service and interaction skills, manual skills and aesthetic vision.

Hairdressers work as entrepreneurs and in hairdressing companies. Hairdressers also work in sales, consulting and educational tasks and for theatre and media companies.

  • Vocational Qualification in Hairdressing


A housekeeper offers care, nursing and assistance in the housework. The profession requires a practical and methodological approach, communication skills, sense of responsibility and genuine caring about the customers’ well-being.

A housekeeper works at the customers’ homes, cafes, catering services and companies offering housekeeping services. The graduates have excellent eemployment opportunities as personal assistants within the social and health care sector.

  • Vocational Qualification in Household and Cleaning Services, Study Programme/Specialisation in Household Services, Housekeeper

Information and Communications Technology

A professional within information and communications technology maintains information systems, participates in the training of users, and sells and markets the products related to the industry. The profession requires good technological know-how, service orientation and cooperation skills.

The graduates work for information technology companies that make software and offer services and consulting related to the use of information technology, database services and content production.

  • Vocational Qualification in Information and Communications Technology, Study Programme in User Support

Practical Nurse

The work of a practical nurse is basic care work consisting of educational, care and rehabilitation tasks. The wide-ranging qualification provides the preconditions for flexible transitions within the social and health care sector. Human relation and interaction skills are central in the profession.

Practical nurses work in daycare, schools, home services, service and activity centres for the disabled, day hospitals, health centre wards, assisted living communities, retirement homes and hospitals.

Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care

  • Study Programme in Children’s and Youth Care and Education
  • Study Programme in Nursing and Care
  • Study Programme in Care for the Elderly
  • Study Programme in Rehabilitation

Pre-vocational studies

These studies have been developed for the transition point between basic education and upper secondary level. They are aimed at supporting successful transitions from one level to the next as well as endorsing the continuity of students’ lifelong study tracks.

Prior to starting education leading to an upper secondary vocational qualification, students may apply for pre-vocational programmes preparing for vocational studies, where necessary.

The studies are directed at young people without a clear idea of their career choice or without sufficient capabilities to apply for or cope with vocational studies.  The studies last approximately one year (60 credits) and each student studies in accordance with his or her individual study plan. We provide the students with the opportunity to:

  • improve their competence for knowledge acquisition
  • improve their linguistic skills
  • try out different professions
  • develop their life-long learning skills
  • prepare for work and independent living
  • get acquainted with the world of work through company visits and workshop activities
  • learn about different opportunities for further education
  • prepare for completing an upper secondary vocational qualification either school-based or as apprenticeship training

Site Facilities Operative

A site facilities operator works in the cleaning tasks of residential properties, industrial establishments, vehicles or commercial facilities. In addition, the tasks may include the cleaning of buildings under construction, taking care of yards, small-scale maintenance work and lobby or caretaker services.  The work requires service orientation, punctuality, initiative and assuming responsibility.

Site facilities operators may work at schools, offices, sports facilities, factories, residential properties, airports, shopping centres, hotels, restaurants, vehicles or construction sites.

  • Vocational Qualification in Property Maintenance Services, Study Programme in Site Facilities Services, Site Facilities Operative


A waiter presents meals and drinks to customers, receives orders, serves the meals and drinks and delivers the bill to the customers. Flexibility, organisational skills and service orientation are the basic demands for waiters, who work within sales and customer service in different types of restaurants.

Waiters work at hotel restaurants, dining restaurants, lunch or personnel restaurants, dance restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, discos, music bars, restaurant cars and ships.

  • Vocational Qualification in Hotel and Restaurant Services, Study Programme in Customer Service

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