The VATES Foundation is a Finnish national organisation promoting the employment and vocational rehabilitation of people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups. It promotes their employment in the open labour market and the functional opportunities of social employment organisations. It was founded in 1993.
VATES maintains networks of actors in the field of special employment and lobbies for legislation, labour market and rehabilitation systems. Its work essentially includes developing employment methods, training and consultancy, research and projects.
Its collaboration partners and customers include disability organisations, social employment organisations, municipalities, educational establishments and relevant ministries.
The Foundation has 35 background organisations. These are nationwide disability organisations and their regional associations as well consortia of municipalities of special welfare and labour services providers.