Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, (Estonia)

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Center (Astangu) is a unique center in Estonia with more than 20 years of experience in providing services for working-age people with special needs.

Astangu is administrated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and was established in 1996. We provide assessment and rehabilitation services as well as learning and occupational opportunities for working age people (16-64 yrs). Our capacity for vocational education is about 100 trainees a year in about 18 study groups. The options vary from adaptation courses to bakery, carpentry and IT studies. We have 3 sheltered workshops operating in Astangu. Vocational education and occupation in our center is always supported by rehabilitation and employment support services. The common goal of these services is to prepare people for working life through the development of work skills and capabilities. More than 1000 people with special needs have benefitted from our services throughout the years.

Great part of Astangu’s work is development projects and initiatives to support the Ministry of Social Affairs in improving the social sector. In addition to customer service, we are developing the social and educational spheres of Estonia by participating in national and international development projects, workshops and seminars, organizing trainings and information events for other service providers and specialists in the field and offering internship opportunities for future specialists. Development of services is built on good practices of other European countries’ service provision in combination with local resources, cultural context and needs. We host different delegations to introduce Estonian social/rehabilitation system and to exchange knowledge and cooperate in development.

Astangu is the associated member of European Platform for Rehabilitation ( since 2001. Astangu was awarded with EQUASS Assurance quality mark in 2011, 2013 and 2016.

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