Study

We have curriculums in Food and Catering (cooks, bakers, confectionaries, catering services etc.), Hotel Service, Beauty Service and Commercial Studies. Our focus is on providing education in levels 4 and 5 (European Qualification levels). There are approximately 700 students in our school. The study period varies from 1-3 years, depending on the speciality.

Educational department Curricula
1. Catering cook, butcher chef, pastry chef, vegan chef, cook assistant, senior waiter, waiter, waiter assistant
2. Accommodation service hotel service, hotel receptionist, hotel management
3. Beauty service spa therapyst, nail technician
4. Food production baker and pastry-cook, confectioner, baker assistant
5. Commercial  sales organizer, consultant of telemarketing, goods displayer
Comprehensive and General studies
Adult training different training courses for work-based learning that take place in the evenings
Administrative services

Studying possibilities

1. Based on basic education (63%)

1.1 Based on basic education with vocational secondary school study 

  • hotel service (EstQF 4) – 3 years
  • cook (EstQF 4) – 3 years
  • baker and pastry-cook (EstQF 4) – 3 years
  • waiter (EstQF 4) – 3 years

1.2 Based on basic education, with vocational secondary school study 

  • nail technician (EstQF 4) – 1 year
  • consultant of telemarketing (EstQF 4) – 6 months

2. Based on secondary school vocational education (34%)

2.1 Based on secondary school vocational education or secondary education

  • butcher chef (EstQF 5) – 6 months
  • confectioner (EstQF 4) – 1 year
  • cook (EstQF 4) – 1-2 years
  • hotel management (EstQF 5) – 1 year
  • hotel receptionist (EstQF 4) – 1 year
  • pastry chef (EstQF 5) – 6 months
  • vegan chef (EstQF 5) – 6 months
  • spa therapyst (EstQF 4) – 1,5 years

2.2 After secondary school vocational education based on secondary education work-based study

  • sales organizer (EstQF 5) – 2 years
  • senior waiter (EstQF 5) – 1 year

3. Without basic education requirement vocational education (3%)

  • baker assistant (EstQF 3) – 1 year
  • goods displayer (EstQF 3) – 1 year

Additional education

  • Courses from 1 day until 3 months (paid or in cooperation with Unemployment Insurance Fund or ESF)

Studies in our school

  • are free (state school)
  • are from 6 months to 3 years
  • are ordinary – 5 days a week – 90% of students
  • 9% of students studies work based (1/3 of lessons only in school)
  • possibility of distance learning
  • curriculas in Estonian 55%, in Russian 45%
  • are integrated with real jobs

Distribution of lesson hours

  • 1 year = 1600 lessons = 40 study weeks
  • 26 hours student work = 1 credit point (EKAP)
  • 8 to 18 weeks practice (on-the-job learning) (from 40 weeks yearly)
  • from 26 lessons could be for example 2–26 lessons, 2–24 is individual work, could include some e-learning lessons or on-the-job learning
  • from all 120 weeks 30 weeks are comprehensive studies and 30 weeks comprehensive studies integrated with vocational training

Curriculum structure

  • Comprehensive study modules
  • Selected subjects
  • Modules consist of different study tasks that are assessed when the module is finished on basis on study output.

Volume of practice in the curriculum (for example, cook)

  • On basis of secondary school
  • In the 1st course: Assistant cook 8 EKAP, 208 hours + big company kitchen 13 EKAP, 338 hours
  • In the 2nd course practice in restaurant 13 EKAP + extra specializing 11 EKAP + basics of service + 4 EKAP and restaurant service 2 EKAP
  • Baker-confectioner practice time by employers 18 weeks per schoolyear

Changing the study system

There are 4 terms in a school year: 9 study weeks and 1 assessment week
– In the groups there are 20 students + assistant teacher
Precise obeying the study rules
– Grants
– Teacher training

Changes in the study system

  • Every class have a calender with all the study weeks, assessment weeks and student events
  • Tests are arranged before assessment weeks
  • During the assessment week all teachers are at school
  • Dates for deleting study debts are included into the timetable
  • Modules are assessed by integrated tasks performed during the assessment week
  • Practice is defended according to the timetable
  • Applications have improved – it is hard to plan

Partnership

Our partners in employers organisations

  • Estonian Association of Hotels and Restaurants
  • Estonian Traders Association
  • Estonian Association of Bakers
  • Estonian Chefs Association
  • Estonian Association of Small and Medium Businesses

Cooperation with employers

  • working out the curricula
  • taking part in students’ admission
  • an annual round table to improve the organization of studies
  • practice guidance
  • taking part in examination boards while profession is being granted
  • taking part in competition juries
  • lectures on specific subjects, practice in specific fields
  • sponsors

Cooperation work between schools

  • Teko is member of European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools
  • Competitions (almost all professions), Foodfest, EuroSkills (Noor Meister – Young Master), WorldSkills
  • Teachers’ organisations and their activities
  • Cooperation work for creating new curricula between vocational schools

Estonian Association for advancement of Vocational Education

  • Twice a year seminars with Ministry, all vocational schools, Innove, employers’ representatives;
  • Taking part in compiling and discussing draft bills;
  • Our representatives are in different organisations for supporting the development of vocational education.