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picture Good to know August, 10 2020
Workplace based studies

Workplace based studies constitute a specialised form of vocational education where the ratio of practical assignments undertaken in companies or institutions encompasses at least two thirds of the curriculum.

The student achieves the learning outcomes described in the curriculum by fulfilling working tasks at the company. The remainder of the studies will be undertaken at school.

Workplace based studies are conducted upon signing an intern contract between the school, student and employee, which stipulates the rights and obligations of parties as well as the exact details of the learning process. The employee has to recompense the student for tasks performed to the amount agreed upon in the intern contract. The agreed wages must not be less than the statutory minimum wage established by the government. In cases where the student and employee are already bound by a valid employment contract, no extra wages are paid.

Every year, some 500-600 students study in vocational education institutions under workplace study arrangements. Expanding workplace based study form in Estonia is one of main goals for vocational education training system tilll 2020.

If a company is interested in offering internships we recommend to contact the nearest school or the Ministry of Education: Helen Põllo, 7350162, or Katrin Ruul, 7354099,

For futher questions please contact Heidi Ojamaa:


Forwarded by,


SCCE Chairman
Karolina Ullman

List of vocational schools in Estonia:


State vocational educational institutions

Estonian Nautical School
Georg Ots Tallinn Music College
Tartu Heino Eller Music High School
Haapsalu Vocational Education and Training Centre
Hiiumaa Vocational School
Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centre
Järvamaa County Vocational Training Centre
Kehtna School of Economy and Technology
Kuressaare Regional Training Centre
Luua Forestry School
Narva Vocational Training Centre
Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics
Vocational Centre of Pärnu County
Rakvere Vocational School
Räpina School of Horticulture
Sillamäe Vocational Training Centre
Tallinn Ballet School
Tallinn Construction School
Tallinn Lasnamäe School of Mechanics
Tallinn School of Service
Tallinn School of Economics
Tallinn Polytechnic School
Tallinn School of Transportation
Tallinn Industrial Education Centre
Tartu Art School
Viljandi Vocational Training Centre
Vana-Vigala Technical and Service School
Vocational Education Centre of Valgamaa
Võru County Vocational Education Centre

Municipal vocational educational institutions
Kopli Vocational School of Tallinn
Tartu Vocational Education Centre
Väike-Maarja Training Centre

Private vocational educational institutions
The First Estonian Private Cosmetic School
Institute of Informatics and Computing Technology
Maridel School of Hair Design
International Massage Academy
German Technological School of Pärnu

Professional higher education institutions
The Estonian National Defence College
Lääne-Viru College
Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
Tallinn Health Care College
Tartu Health Care College


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