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Author:MANPOWER EMPLOYMENT ORGANIZATION (OAED)
Country:Greece
Start Year:2017
Contact:

MARIA KARAMESINI, GOVERNOR

NATASA SAKKA, HEAD OF IVET DIRECTORATE

MARIA BARTSOKA, HEAD OF DPT OF IVET DIRECTORATE

gsec@oaed.gr

n.sakka@oaed.gr

mbartsoka@oaed.gr

Types of organisation:Education and training providers
Description:

The dual Apprenticeship system has been implemented by 51 OAED Vocational Schools since 1952. It is estimated that approximately 7500 students annually enroll in two-year Apprenticeship programmes run by OAED Vocational Schools (EPAS). We have concluded, in line with European and international practice, that qualitative Apprenticeship schemes can be both an effective tool against youth unemployment and an investment in the future workforce of a country. OAED Apprenticeship Schools have successfully contributed to their graduates’ integration into the labour market.

In the context of the Re-engineering of its business model and especially in the Axis for the "Support of the implementation of Apprenticeship", OAED has included actions aiming at the improvement and the upgrading of the Apprenticeship system.

Moreover, according to a survey which was conducted 2 years ago, almost 45% of EPAS graduates remain in employment after finishing on-the-job training.

OAED’S objectives in VET include:

  • Increasing the number of apprentices for the next two school years.
  • Improving the quality of apprentices. In this direction OAED has developed in-company training contents for 34 subjects. From the school year 2017-18, on-the-job training will take place  according to these new contents.
  • The operation of OAED’s new e-platform for apprenticeship where employers can offer positions for all types of IVET at national level (2-year apprenticeship of EPAS, 9-month apprenticeship of EPAL–Ministry of Education, 6-month apprenticeship for Vocational Training Institutes-IEK).
  • Introducing OAED Apprenticeship diaries (logbook) for apprentices where knowledge, skills and tasks will be recorded on a regular basis.
Organizing events at EPAS (Career Offices) for the promotion of apprenticeship at local level (skills competitions, open days at schools, lectures of successful employers at EPAS etc).
Short company / organisation description:

MANPOWER EMPLOYMENT ORGANIZATION (OAED) is the Greek Public Employment Service (PES). The operation of OAED is based on the following three pillars: (i) promotion of employment; (ii) unemployment insurance and social protection of maternity and family; (iii) vocational education and training.

OAED is the public authority and central structure managing:

  1. Active Labour Market Policies (ALMPs) for reducing unemployment, promoting employment, and vocational training for both unemployed and employed citizens.
  2. Passive Labour Market Policies (PLMPs) concerning unemployment insurance measures (regular unemployment benefit) and other social security benefits and allowances (family allowance, maternity allowance etc.).
  3. ALMPs for initial vocational education combined with on-the-job training (implementation of Apprenticeship system).

More specifically, OAED is a legal entity of public law supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance, and Welfare. It is directed by its Governor and Administrative Board.

Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Partners:

OAED co-operates with the Ministries of Employment and Education for the improvement of apprenticeship system at national level. Moreover, OAED’s apprenticeship is supported by social partners. An advisory committee for the improvement of Apprenticeship with the participation of social partners was launched in 2014.

Finally, the new Greek “Quality Framework for Apprenticeship” foresees more active involvement of labour market stakeholders in the design and implementation of VET schemes in Greece.

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