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Implementation Period : 09/2011 - 03/2013

Vocational training in Tourism:

  • Includes actions of Continuing Vocational Training for the unemployed focused on educational subjects, which have been resulted from the detection of training needs in the field of tourism, while creating new professions with specific skills relevant to employment in the professions of tourism. The implementation of the actions will be performed by certified Vocational Training Centres within the years 2010 and 2011.
  • Presupposes the association of theoretical training with "on-the-job training" experience in enterprises in the field of tourism jobs and mandatory employment of 30% of the participants in work places relevant to the subject of training for 3 months in a minimum of 70 working days wage.
  • Aims at providing the required knowledge and skills, which are directly related to the needs of the tourist market, while creating the conditions for accession and stay of the trainees in the labour market.
  • Is allocated throughout the Greek Territory, to the 3 region types, for the benefit of 3.600 individuals in total.


  • The continuous upgrading of knowledge and skills of trainees in conjunction with their dynamic adaptation to the requirements of modern economy, which contribute to the reduction of the unemployment and the improvement of their social position and standards of living of the unemployed.
  • The familiarity of the trainees with the real conditions of work in the workplace within a framework of training experience "on-the-job".
  • The facilitation of access to employment for all, with emphasis on strengthening youth employment, women and long-term unemployed.
  • The equality of opportunities between men and women and the ensuring of the non-discrimination principle with the participation of persons coming from socially vulnerable groups.

The main beneficiaries of the actions are the unemployed, including:

  • Young People
  • Women
  • Long-Term Unemployed
  • Persons coming from population groups that are excluded or threatened with exclusion from the labour market (such as people with disabilities, repatriates, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, victims of intra-family violence, users and former users of substances, HIV positive persons, young offenders, prisoners and former prisoners, homeless, persons in poverty or at risk of poverty, individuals with cultural and religious particularities).

The beneficiaries could be:

  • Tertiary education graduates, - like Technological Institutes and University graduates - (who due to their registration in professional unions or/and chambers, such as engineers, are not allowed to be recorded in the registers of the unemployed of the Manpower Employment Organisation {O.A.E.D.})

under the following criteria:

  1. The annual income from professional activity up to the level of tax-free amount based on the taxation assessment form of the previous financial year
  2. The non-submission of tax return for the previous financial year. In the latter case, with the specific "statement", according to the provisions of the 1599/86 Law, the beneficiaries must have certified that they are unemployed and the period of their unemployment has been registered by their unions.

The actions are co-financed by national and EU funds, in the framework of the European Social Fund contribution to the priorities of cohesion policy of the European Union for strengthening the economic and social cohesion and its mission for the achievement of a high level of employment by creating more and better jobs.

The co-finance of actions has been allocated in the following region types:

  • in the regions of Objective 1 “Convergence”, where the 8 “Convergence Regions” and the 3 “Phasing Out” Regions are included and
  • in the regions of Objective 2 “Regional Competitiveness and Employment” where the 2 “Phasing In Regions are included.

The actions will be implemented:

  • in the 8 “Convergence Regions”  (Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Epirus, Western Greece, Thessaly, Ionian Islands, Crete, Peloponnesus, Northern Aegean). Total budget: 25.900.000 €, total beneficiaries: 2.055 individuals
  • in the 3 “Phasing Out Regions” (Attica, Central and Western Macedonia). Total budget: 16.500.000 €, total beneficiaries: 1.310 individuals
  • in the 2 “Phasing In Regions” (Sterea Ellada and Southern Aegean). Total budget: 3.000.000 €, total beneficiaries: 235 individuals

The educational subjects are referred to skills related to the professions of tourism, which are associated with the following issues:

  • Organization, management and operation of hotel units and tourism businesses in a broader perspective.
  • Planning, organizing and implementing actions of specific forms in Tourism such as (agritourism, conference tourism, urban, religious, nautical, cultural, athletic, therapeutic and SPA, wildlife tourism).
  • Planning, organizing, implementing recreational activities - excursions, etc.

The duration of training programmes varies from 400 to 800 hours, where apart from the theoretical training the following are included:

  • "On-the-job training experience" of the trainees in collaborating enterprises or companies and institutions of the private sector that are associated with the training subjects and are located in the same or in different prefecture within the same administrative region.
  • Mandatory employment of at least 30% of the trainees who had participated in the enterprises of training (which are located within the prefecture of application of on the job- training experience) in work places relative to the subject of training for at least 3 months and at least a 70 working days wage, within a period of 30 working days from the completion of the programme.
  • Provision of a recommendation letter to each trainee

The number of trainees in each training programme should be at least 10 and should not exceed 25 individuals.

Unemployed individuals, regardless of the fact that they are entitled or not to receive regular unemployment allowance, are eligible to an allowance of 4,40 Euros gross per hour of training.

For trainees who are coming from socially vulnerable groups of the population, the eligible allowance amounts to 5,00 Euros gross per hour of training.

Apart from the training allowance, the trainees’ nutrition expenses should be covered in case of training over three (3) hours daily.

Additionally, the trainees’ transport expenses to the training work places as well as the nutrition and habitation expenses have to be covered by the Implementation Bodies (Vocational Training Centres), in case of implementation of training in other prefecture and where else is necessary, according to the provisions of the Unified System for the management of Vocational Training Actions [ESDEK].


  • Registration of the potential beneficiaries on the Unemployment Lists of the Manpower Employment Organisation (O.A.E.D.), in case they are not already registered (regardless of the reception or not of the regular unemployment allowance) and issue of a valid Unemployment Card.
  • Participation of the beneficiaries in the Personalized Approach procedure for the formation of the Individual Action Plan by the Labour Advisor of the local Employment Promotion Centres, focused on their real needs for their reference to the Vocational Training Centres and to the collaborating enterprises of training experience "on-the-job" for the final selection.
  • Suspension of subsidy provided to the beneficiary by the Manpower Employment Organisation (O.A.E.D.) in case of receiving any unemployment allowance. The relevant document of suspension should be presented by the participant concerned to the Implementation Body, before starting the training programme.

The interested individuals could be in contact with:

  • Local Employment Services of the Manpower Employment Organisation (O.A.E.D.)
  • Local Employment Promotion Centres of the Manpower Employment Organisation (O.A.E.D.)
  • Local Implementation Bodies of Projects (Certified Vocational Training Centres)

The programmes in detail

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