Kuressaare Ametikool / Estonia

  Foto: Kuressaare Ametikool Kuressaare Ametikool is a regional training center (school) of vocational education in Estonia that functions in the administrative field of the ministry of education and science. Kuressaare regional training center has been involved in the delivery of vocational skills since 1922. The school is involved in the regional training center initiative founded through the EU Phare Programme. Kuressaare regional training center delivers both: initial vocational educational courses and labour market training courses. There are ca. 800 students per year studying at state- commissioned student places, ca. 800 adult learners per year taking various courses, ca. 150 teachers, trainers and employees. The Kuresaare regional training center has 25 different curricula; school is a pilot school for accommodation specialties in western Estonia. The Kuressare vocational school is a member of: EBEP- Estonian Business Education Program, Estonian E-VET consortium and ETKA “ANDRAS” – the association of Estonian adult educators.

Kuressaare Regional Training Centre (RTC) is an educational institute that provides initial and additional vocational training and retraining in wide area of specialties both for young people and adults. As tourism is an important industry in the region, training specialists in catering, cooking, tourism management and hotel service has important role. Construction and related fields like carpentry have also quite a number of students.

Located on the island Saaremaa with strong seamanship traditions and small craft building companies, Kuressaare RTC is the only vocational school in Estonia training boat builders. Kuressaare RTC is a partner at the Small Craft Competence Centre at Saaremaa, hosting the SCC's technology lab that provides various services to small craft sector. To serve better the needs of the regional economy, RTC has strong ties with many local companies and Saaremaa labour market office.


Their curricula fields are:

- Design and handicraft
- Building and construction
- Information and communication technologies
- Motor vehicles
- Small craft and boat building
- Materials (plastic, wood, metal)
- Care of the elderly and of disabled adults
- Child care
- Hair and beauty services
- Food processing
- Hotel, restaurants and catering
- Travel, tourism and leisure
- Management and administration


The school has 2 campuses: One near the Kuressaare town centre, another in Upa village located 5 km from the town centre. Most of the school facilities have been renovated during last couple of years with the support of ERDF and other funds.

RTC has a number of training facilities: hotel Mardi, restaurant and cafe Kass, modern kitchen and conference centre. All these serve customers from Saaremaa, Estonia and abroad on a daily basis.


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