is no specific organisation in Estonia to coordinate the preparation of
research related to VET/HRD. The Planning Department of the Ministry of
Education and Research collects information on the research projects conducted
in Estonia in the field of education (including VET).
research is connected with the policies/reforms which take place in the
field, and the research projects often tend to give a basis for political
changes. For example, the study 'Arrangement of the VET network with respect
to regional aspects of specialization (educational needs)' prepared for
the Ministry of Education and Research by the Center for Policy Studies
Praxis constituted a specific basis for restructuring and merging Estonian
vocational education institutions with the purpose to optimise the operation
of the vocational education network and to make it more effective.
a result, the 'Development Plan for the State Vocational Educational Institutions
Network in 2005-2008' was prepared for the reorganisation of the network.
The same study was also used for planning the amendments made in the Vocational
Educational Institutions Act, receiving political support for the changes
and approving 'The State Vocational Education System Development Plan 2005-2008'.
for labour market and employment, the results of the research projects
conducted in the field constitute a basis for the annual planning of the
volume and proportions of state-commissioned education. At the same time,
the results are used for the preparation of curricula and vocational standards.
Since 2004 the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has prepared
annual forecasts for workforce demand in Estonia (the latest being 'Employment
prognosis until 2011'), according to which the state commission of student
places in vocational education by study fields and vocations is laid down..
2005, the study 'Prognosis for employment in the Estonian wood processing
sector 2005-2015' was started, which presents the forecast of employment
by different levels of education and training in the wood processing sector
in the years 2010 to 2015. The results of this study can also be used as
a basis for planning the state-commissioned education at different levels