Early childhood education and care and general education, such as comprehensive school education, general upper secondary education, liberal adult education and basic education in the arts, form the foundation for creative expertise. Studies preparing for occupations in the fields of arts and culture can be completed both in vocational institutions and at universities and other higher education institutions.
To increase creative expertise, training is provided within projects that receive funding for example from the centres for economic development, transport and the environment and the public employment services (TE services). Such projects may include, for example, labour policy education and structural fund activities such as projects of the European Social Fund (ESF).
During the programme period 2014–2020 of the EU structural funds, a package of actions called Creative Expertise (ESF) is being implemented. The funding authority is the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Häme. The Creative and Inclusive Finland network was the umbrella project responsible for the activation and coordination of the ESF package on years 2015- 2018. On years 2018-2020 Creative Finland takes care of the coordination.