Vocational education institution in Vana-Võidu, a few kilometres from Viljandi, has existed since 1921. The present school, Viljandi Vocational Training Centre has been there since 1999 as a result of a merger of two vocational schools. The school offers different types of vocational trainings to 850 students. The school has new buildings: 2013 for technical fields, 2015 for general subjects and service fields.
2/3 of students study based on basic education. But it is also possible to study based on secondary education or with no education requirement from the age 17.
The following fields are taught:
- construction department: general construction, renovation of stone and wooden buildings; electricity, masonry, carpentry, plumbing- ventilation- heating
- car and metal department: car technicians, car painters, car panel beaters, truck and bus drivers; welding
- service and IT department: junior IT system specialist, junior software developer; cooking/catering, waiter
The school is ready for cooperation with businesses. They have suitable infrastructure, staff and ability to give out certificates. Time frame: shortest amount of time for preparing a new course (not a degree course) is usually few months. Minimum amount of students: 10. If the company needs a degree course then it has to be confirmed in Ministry of Education and Research and that usually takes at least one year.
Examples of cooperation:
- At the request of Jõgevamaa Metal Enterprise OÜ a special curriculum for the specific needs of that company was developed. The curriculum was developed to educate those employees whose qualification didn’t meet the requirements of that company. A total of 24 employees participated in the training, 19 of whom completed the welder’s professional examination at the end of their studies, and three of the students completed CNC operators’ professional examination. Two employees acquired technical control, surveying and quality management skills.
- On the initiative of Cleveron AS, the VICTA project was created. It was designed to provide qualification for Junior software developer students with half of the the normal study period. It was possible thanks to the intensive training program. The project was successful. 29 students participated in the study, 16 graduated with a nominal course, seven students completed their studies later, and the rest chose a different specialty.
The school’s international strategy involves active participation in EU funded Erasmus+, Nordplus projects both by students and staff. Every year we host the students and teachers from our EU partners. Our partners are from: Finland, UK, Lithuania, Latvia, Spain, Sweden, Faroe Island, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy.