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Vocational education and training in Greece
Category: Education and the Greek Economy
SubCategory: Others
Date: 27/04/2021
Reducing the high unemployment in the country remains one of the main challenges for the Greek economy today. In addressing this challenge, active employment policies and actions to improve the skills of the working population have an important role. Vocational Education and Training (VET) has a key position in this effort. Despite the importance of the VET for economic development, the current performance of the system in Greece is lagging behind compared to the rest of the EU, both in relation to participation in VET for skill development and in terms of matching education with the needs of the labour market. In particular, Greece comes last in the EU in terms of the participation rate of employees and businesses in training programmes, with only 18.5% and 21.7% respectively. As regards the quality of VET services, the country’s poor performance in terms of youth unemployment, long-term unemployed, competitiveness and social integration of vulnerable groups is not encouraging. A modern, restructured and effective VET system could contribute significantly to the achievement of the Greek development goals. To this end, the study proposes a series of interventions regarding the management of the VET system in Greece, the content and methodology of its programmes and their social targeting.

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