Tampere Vocational College Tredu is a regional upper secondary level college in the second largest city region in Finland. The City of Tampere is the official education provider under which Tampere Vocational College Tredu operates. The college in its current form is rather new as former Tampere College and Pirkanmaa Educational Consortium were united 1.1.2013.
Although, roots of Vocational Colleges in Tampere date back to 1890's. Nowadays there are approximately 12 500 basic vocational qualification students, 1800 further qualification students, 1200 specialist qualification students. Around 500 students take part in preparatory training and yearly over 1700 persons are participating in other types of training arranged by Tredu with its 1000 staff members. This all makes Tredu the second largest vocational college in Finland.
Tampere Vocational College Tredu has altogether 17 campus areas in Tampere region in the cities of Tampere, Nokia, Virrat and municipalities of Ylöjärvi, Pirkkala, Kangasala, Lempäälä, Orivesi and Ikaalinen. Courses are arranged also elsewhere in Finland.
Tampere Vocational College Tredu provides education within several Basic Vocational Qualifications, Further Qualifications and Specialist Qualifications. Studies are mainly school-based but with a strong emphasis on working life experience. It is also possible for Tredu students to complete a major part of their studies in companies, either within school-based or apprenticeship training. Studies are provided in Finnish and English languages. Tredu also offers combination studies of two different vocational qualifications and a combination of vocational and upper secondary general studies with Finnish national matriculation examination. Tredu also offers development services and training for the working life.