Cedefop organises the second policy learning forum on apprenticeships, a European vocational skills week event, on 18 and 19 October in Thessaloniki.
Cedefop’s policy learning forum on skills anticipation gathered over 60 national stakeholders from countries participating in the agency’s country support programme and other experts in Thessaloniki on 14 and 15 June.
The New beginning at EPAL initiative, designed to upgrade the role and image of VET in Greece, sets students’ and society’s needs at the epicentre of action. The scheme foresees a series of ESF-funded interventions to build up the key competences of learners through psychosocial and cognitive support.
The third Cedefop policy learning forum (PLF) on defining and writing learning outcomes will take place in Thessaloniki on 21-22 June 2018 in cooperation with the European Commission and UNESCO.
The National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) was the body that set up the Greek qualifications register. Since spring 2016 EOPPEP, in cooperation with the European Commission, has been connecting the register to the European classification of skills, competences, qualifications and occupations (ESCO). The register was also showcased as a best practice in the October 2017 ESCO conference.
A new skills diagnosis mechanism has been operating in Greece since the first semester of 2016. It addresses the need for updated, concrete and regular skills trend information, especially as an input for designing VET and employment policies. Its introduction is based on Law 4368/2016 provisions (February 2016) for a permanent, functional and credible mechanism; a joint Ministerial Decision (24013/410 of May 2016) provides for the introduction and operation of a relevant network and the supporting information system.
Interest in post-secondary VET has recently increased, as indicated by the number of enrolments in public vocational training institutes (IEK). More specifically, the number of applicants for enrolment in the first semester of 2017/18 was 22 000, with enrolled students reaching 20 000, an increase of more than 3 000.
The education ministry has set up three committees to support policymaking, monitor current reforms and improve links between education and the labour market.
Since 2016 the Greek Government has been putting in place a series of important reforms to link VET better with the labour market. A new apprenticeship programme, the Post-secondary year - apprenticeship class, has been launched in line with current European practices.