German Technological School of Pärnu


The foundation process  began in 1999 on 2. July, when a letter of intent was signed in Pätz (in Federal Republic of Germany) between Technology and Vocational Training Centre of Königs-Wusterhausen and the Education Department of the city government of Pärnu with the aim to integrate the acknowledged German vocational training system into Estonian vocational education.

The German Technological School of Pärnu, which is a private vocational educational institution belonging to the German foundation Stiftung Bildung und Handwerk, is one example of the widening of an apprenticeship system. It shows that in system level in general there are no obstacles for outgoing mobility. From the initiation of the PRÕM (1) project, the school has gradually transferred from school-based learning to apprenticeship-based learning and has acquired funding through the project. During the past academic year, the school operated 100% in this study form and plans to continue this way. The school’s fields of studies are multimedia, energy, and business administration and as at spring 2019, it has 96 students. On the basis of its practical experience, the German Technological School of Pärnu considers apprenticeship suitable and applicable also for longer curricula. The school has had the opportunity to use the training bases organised by the German owners in Berlin where a dual study system similar to the Estonian system is applied.

Citation: Kask, R.; Mikk, K. (2020). International mobility in apprenticeships: focus on long-term mobility:
Estonia. Cedefop ReferNet thematic perspectives series.