The Ministry of Education and Culture plans to invest five million euros towards the creation of nearly 200 new student nursing places for the 2020-21 academic year, the ministry announced in a press release on Wednesday.
The temporary funding will be granted to 15 polytechnic institutions around Finland and will be distributed based on the labour needs in each region.
"The availability of a skilled workforce is central to providing the access to and quality of social and health care services. In order to guarantee these services, we need to ensure that a sufficient number of students in the field are being trained in different parts of Finland," said Annika Saarikko, the new Minister of Science and Culture.
"In particular, services provided to the elderly require highly skilled people. There is still a need for further training," Saarikko added.