In flexible comprehensive education (JOPO), students learn both at school and at workplaces. On-the-job learning is an important part of the studies. The studies also incorporate excursions and school camps. In addition to teachers, the classes also have youth workers. The maximum class size is 10 students.
Applications to JOPO classes are primarily received in the spring term, in March, but vacant spots may be filled at other times, as well.
The applicants fill an application form and complement the form with a recommendation from the student welfare staff, as well as a certificate of an on-the-job-learning period or other work experience if available. The application is sent to the student's own school.
All applicants are interviewed. The District Manager for comprehensive education decides on the admissions.
Further information is provided by the school welfare officer or special needs teacher of the student's school.
Flexible comprehensive education is available for 7th to 9th graders aged 14 or older if it seems likely that they will not earn a comprehensive school certificate or they will not be able to enter secondary education. Applicants must have at least one year left of their comprehensive education.
Application to JOPO classes can be made once a year during a specified time period in the spring term.