Training Course

International training course for visually impaired people

SYI Logo The Swedish Vocational Institute
Department for Health Care and Social Welfare

This new and unique programme, specifically designed by an international team for people who are visually mpaired, provides comprehensive training in classic massage and leads to an EU -recognised qualification. All tuition is free. However, you need to pay for your accommodation at the training institute as well as for meals, transportation and study materials.

This intensive one-and-a-half year programme for visually impaired students from all over Europe is based at the Swedish Vocational Institute in Vasa, Finland. The Institute provides broad theoretical instruction in general subjects and in subjects concerned with a particular line of study or special field and attempts to create in its students a responsible approach and attitude to their work. The training is designed to provide students with the skills and know-how which will enable them to contribute successfully to the society of tomorrow.

You could be one of those students!

The course is taught in English and it will give you a rare opportunity to study and work abroad, developing your confidence and improving your employment prospects at the same time. Successful students will be able to practise their profession anywhere in Europe since the course leads to an EU-recognised qualification and the increased proficiency you will develop in using the English language will create new employment opportunities for you and increase your competitiveness on the job market.

The programme runs over three terms and comprises both theoretical and practical elements. Initially, you will practise your massage techniques on your fellow students. You will then move on to treating clients in a college-based clinic and then in the local community. This applied practice leads up to a period of on-the-job learning in a supervised practice setting.

By the end of the course you will be a fully trained masseur/masseuse able to provide treatment and advice to a wide range of client groups in different countries. You will also be able to work in a variety of contexts such as health spas, sports clubs and health care settings. You may choose to work in a private clinic or even set up your own practice.

Closing date for applications is 30th April 2003

The completed application forms are to be returned to SYI by
30th April 2003 to the Project- Co-ordinator,
Ms Elisabet Borgar, MSc (Health Sciences), Lecturer
Svenska yrkesintitutet (SYI) Seriegatan 2
FIN 65320 Vasa FINLAND

If you think this exciting opportunity is for you then please contact the representative for your country, listed below, for further details. The application form is available at the home page

Contact persons:

In Sweden: Af Rehabilitering
Contact person:
Ms Kerstin Eriksson
Tel + 46 46 192 305
Fax + 46 46 192 310
Mobile + 46 70 322 9867

In the UK: Royal National College for the Blind
Contact person:
Ms Jane Crabtree
Tel +44 1432 265725
Fax +44 1432 376628
e-mail:> homepage:

In Finland: Arla Institute
Contact person:
Ms Paula Seraidaris
Tel +358 9 511 08200
Fax +358 9 511 08300
Mobile + 358 40 553 2747

In Portugal: APEDV, Associação Promotora De Emprego De Decifientes Visuais
Contact person:
Mr Assis Milton Rodrigues
Tel: +35 121 831 0760 or +35 121 831 0047
Fax: +35 121 831 0769

In Italy: I.Ri.Fo.R. The Institute for Research, Training and Rehabilitation
Contact person:
Mr Carlo Monti
Tel: +39 055 580 319
Fax: +39 055 588 103
Mobile: +39 33 563 264 54

Ms Elisabet Borgar, MSc (Health Sciences), Lecturer
Tel +358 6 324 2321
Mobile +358 50 336 8281
Fax +358 6 3242310