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Guidance System in Estonia – Introduction

Lifelong guidance has been practiced in Estonia for years. The services have been provided for different target groups in different centres and have also been known by different names – the latest version being differentiated lifelong guidance system, including two areas: career services and counselling services for special educational needs.

The system went through a major change in 2014–2015. Service provision, both in the education and labour sector, has been reorganised – differentiated lifelong guidance services have been introduced. The 24 fragmented youth guidance centres were replaced by 16 centralised public centres in all counties.