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Implementation Period : 10/2009 - 02/2012

Vocational training in technical -  construction works:

  • Includes 317 actions of Continuing Vocational Training of the unemployed in educational fields related to the technical - construction works and professions adapted to the requirements of the labour market and those of enterprises for the development of a spectrum of “key skills”. The implementation of the actions will be performed by certified Vocational Training Centres within the years 2010 and 2011.
  • Presupposes theoretical training associated with training experience "on the job" in enterprises and ensures that this training is going to result to mandatory employment. Within a 30-day working period from the completion of the programme, the 30% of the participants must be placed for at least 2 - 3 months in positions relevant to the training in a minimum of 60 working days wage.
  • Aims at the continuous upgrade of knowledge, skills and competences as well as the dynamic adaptation of the workforce to the employment opportunities through actions of general vocational training, compliant to the requirements of a modern and competitive economy and society.
  • Is allocated throughout the Greek Territory, to the 3 region types, for the benefit of 7.000 individuals in total.


  • The decrease of unemployment and the improvement of the social status and standard of living for the unemployed, with the facilitation of access to employment, emphasizing the strengthening of employment for young people, women as well as the long-term unemployed.
  • The familiarity of the trainees with the real conditions of work in the workplace within a framework of a training experience "on-the-job".
  • The highlight of the importance of training experience "on-the-job" with the placement of trainees in suitable workplaces related to this specific training, aiming to maximize the percentage of their later employment in the collaborating enterprises.
  • The equality of opportunities between men and women and the ensuring of the non-discrimination principle.

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”  (such as Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Epirus, Western Greece, Thessaly, Ionian Islands, Crete, Peloponnesus, Northern Aegean). Total budget: 39.500.000 €, total beneficiaries: 3.086 individuals
  • in the 3 “Phasing Out Regions” (such as Attica, Central and Western Macedonia). Total budget: 46.100.000 €, total beneficiaries: 3.601 individuals
  • in the 2 “Phasing In Regions” (such as Sterea Ellada and Southern Aegean). Total budget: 4.000.000 €, total beneficiaries: 313 individuals

The training is about professions that are related to technical – construction works. The following list indicates the vocational skills and competences included:

■ persons responsible for installations ■ electricians ■ electronic engineers ■ PC programmers ■ environmentalists ■ executives of business administration ■ administration and economic management for intermediate executives ■ crises management  ■ management ■  technical works management ■ data exchange in networks ■ organisation ■ business administration ■ software engineers ■ various sectors engineers ■ administrative personnel ■ engineers and implementers of vehicles ■ computerization ■ computerised accounting ■ computerisation ■ system analysts ■ implementers ■ PC support ■ controllers of various production fields ■ electronic equipment engineers and technicians of maintenance ■ PC designers ■ designers of various sectors ■ office employees ■ house painters ■ repairers ■ persons responsible for installation of sources of energy and natural gas ■  welders ■ quarries ■ boiler makers ■ workers of marble ■ metallurgists ■ machinery workers ■ carpenters ■ steelworkers ■  experts of technology in laser welding ■ turners ■ plumbers ■ casters of metal ■ technicians for refrigerating.

The duration of training programmes varies from 400 to 800 hours, where apart from the theoretical training, is also 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 subject and
  • Mandatory employment of at least 30% of the trainees, who had participated in the enterprises of training, in work places relative to the subject of training for at least 2 - 3 months and at least a 60 days working days wage, within a period of 30 working days from the completion of programme.

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 Euros gross per hour of training.

Apart from the training allowance, the trainees’ nutrition as well as transport and habitation expenses is covered by the Implementation Bodies (Vocational Training Centres), where 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 (Vocational Training Centre), 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)

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