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Eight higher vocational education courses to start in the county

Press Release   •   Feb 19, 2016 08:00 GMT

Despite stiff competition Gävleborg has been granted eight higher vocational education courses.

Wednesday the 20th of January, the Swedish Agency for Higher Vocational Education presented the courses that are permitted to start in the autumn of 2016.

Gävleborg was granted the following courses

  • Cultural communicator, using culture as a tool
  • Business-oriented Accountant
  • Medical Secretary – distance learning cours
  • Dental Nurse
  • Advanced GIS – user
  • Java Developer
  • Telecom Engineer
  • Qualified Automation Technician

Other courses that will be starting:

  • Payroll Consultant
  • IT-security Technician - Ethical Hacker
  • Treatment Pedagogue
  • Integration Pedagogue
  • Fibre optic Technician
  • Forestry Technician
  • Qualified Workshop Technician
  • Wind Turbine Technician - Offshore

In total 16 courses will be starting in the county in the autumn of 2016 and more information can be found at .

“Higher Vocational Education is important for professional growth in the business world and a advantageous complement to higher education courses,” says Lotta Nilsson, project leader at the University of Gävle.

“We are going to focus our efforts on trying to influence the agency to grant us more new courses as we have a great need to raise the level of competence in our county. We have many ideas for important courses with new areas of specialization.”


A Higher Vocational Education course is the type of course that almost definitely leads to a job and is only allowed to start if there is a demand for it from employers. One success factor is that the courses combine theory with work experience, and part of the course is based out in workplaces.

This gives the students good opportunities to make important contacts with employers and vice versa, employers get a chance to meet potential employees in the meantime.

In the county of Gävleborg all the municipalities will be collaborating to develop course plans and the courses will be run by various organisers.

In total there were 1421 course applications and of those there were 446 that were accepted.


For further information, please contact:
Lotta Nilsson, project leader Yrkeshögskola Gävleborg University of Gävle
Tel: 073-460 25 95

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 14 500 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.