The goal of vocational education is to provide opportunities for further education after the elementary or secondary school, to acquire initial vocational qualifications, develop skills for continuing vocational education, and acquire the right to continue education at a higher education level. Vocational institutions in Latvia offer educational programs in all sectors of economy.
Good communication skills, knowledge of mathematics, natural and social sciences, the ability to communicate in a foreign language and the ability to use modern information technologies are required by the modern employment market, therefore these subjects and skills are included in educational curriculums. In addition, attention is paid during vocational education to the development of determination and understanding of environmental protection and intercultural understanding, as well as self-development of youth to help them create a successful career and life. The study process is organised in such a way that theory learning in the classroom is alternated with practical training in school workshops and laboratories, as well as subsequent courses in businesses or institutions.
According to the Vocational Education Law, the level of vocational qualification is the theoretical and practical preparedness, which provides an opportunity to perform work corresponding to a certain level of complexity and responsibility.