Education in Poland is available publicly or privately at all possible levels. Compulsory education begins for 6 years old children with a so-called 0 grade, which can be organised in schools or in kindergartens. Then children go to primary school for 6 years. The second level is junior high school where pupils attend for three years. After graduation from junior high school pupils may choose high school. There are many possibilities: 3 years at college or 3 years at a profiled college (arts, economics, etc.), 4-5 years at technical college (professional studies; in addition to final college exams graduates receive a technology diploma in their chosen subject) or 2-3 years at vocational schools. In the region there are also many educational facilities where young people may continue education after these three basic levels, i.e. post-graduate schools.
There are many universities to choose from. The most popular subjects are management, finance and banking, law, social sciences and philologies (English, German, Roman – French, Italian and Spanish, Russian and Scandinavian). The most popular engineering subjects are electronics, IT, telecommunications, chemistry, electro-technology and automatics, and architecture.
There are educational facilities which provide bilingual teaching, including kindergartens, primary schools and high schools. English primary schools and kindergartens are private which means that there is a fee to be paid. The selection of languages is wider in high schools. You can choose an English school (English Private High School in Lębork or High School no. 3 in Gdynia), a French school (High School no. 2 in Gdynia), a German school (High School no. 2 in Gdańsk), a Spanish school (High School no.15 in Gdańsk).
In Sopot there is also a school for foreigners where they can learn Polish (Sopot Polish Language School for Foreigners).
The Pomeranian community is well educated and with such varied educational institutions the area is educationally highly differentiated. The prospective investor will find here all required specialists – managers, lawyers, economists, communication engineers, maritime transport engineers, as well as plant and machine operators and assemblers.
To potential investors one of the main advantages of the region should be good access to educated and skilled human resources. The Central Statistical Office published in 2005 that 28 universities in the region provided higher education for of 95,665 students. In 2005 there were 17,773 graduates in the region The biggest university is Gdańsk University (33,000 students) followed by Gdańsk University of Technology (17,500 students), The Pomeranian Teacher’s University in Słupsk (9,900 students) and The Maritime Academy in Gdynia (8,200 students). In 2002 there were 580,600 people with a secondary and college background (33.9 percent of the population).
The biggest university in the region is the Gdańsk University and the second largest and also the oldest in Pomerania is the Gdańsk University of Technology. The human resource reservoirs for the main economic sectors are also: Maritime Academy in Gdynia, Navy University, Medical Academy of Gdańsk, Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk and also private universities in banking, finances and administration.
There are also many schools in the region which provide training and education to skilled workers in various sectors and qualification profiles (assembly workers, electricians, butchers, mechanics and CNC operators).
A growing number of people have good command of foreign languages. Foreign language education begins as early as in primary school. The school curriculum includes at least one foreign language, mainly English.
Foreign language learning is popular in the region. Pupils at both elementary and secondary schools can learn two foreign languages. Furthermore in recent years a network of language schools has developed. In the Tricity there are some hundred such schools. More than 80 percent of all upper secondary students learn English while 75.6 percent learn German.