The operation of OAED is based on the following three pillars: (i) promotion to 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 halting 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 work practice/traineeship (Apprenticeship system).

More specifically, OAED is the only apprenticeship provider at national level so far. It operates 51 Vocational Apprenticeship Schools and 29 Vocational Institutes all over Greece. It has successfully transferred the Central European apprenticeship system to Greece, that combines in-class vocational education with on-the-job training at private and public sector enterprises. Each year, approximately 10,000 students study at OAED’s Vocational Schools in various technical specialties. Education lasts 2 years (4 semesters) while students must have completed the first grade of Lyceum in order to attend the Apprenticeship courses.
Vocational rights of OAED school graduates are regulated by the National Accreditation Organization. Graduates are awarded EQF level 4.

CJD Maximiliansau

CJD e.V. is one of the big non-profit organizations (NGO) in Germany engaged in vocational education and training and social welfare. It offers training, mentorship, schooling, and support to children, youth and adults. About 9.500 employees work with about 155.000 clients per year and it has more than 150 locations all over Germany.

CJD Rhein-Pfalz/Nordbaden has Locations in Rhine-Palatinate and Northern Baden with over 700 employees and about 15.000 clients per year. It provides vocational orientation, preparation, training as well as Occupational rehabilitation and assisted living facilities, Socio pedagogic family aide and support for Immigrants.

CJD Maximiliansau specializes in vocational preparation, vocational training, retraining and integration.

Our training facilities comprise woodworking and metal workshops, IT, commercial and clerical training and Health care professions.


The European Vocational Training Association, EVTA, is a network of European organisations in the field of human capital development. During its 15 years EVTA has developed into an important actor within the field of European vocational training. Through EVTA its members influence and stay updated on EU-policies and participate in European development projects. The latest EVTA initiative is the 4-pillar ecosystem of human capital including training, employment, innovation and entrepreneurship.


The Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME GSEVEE) is a non-profit organisation that carries out studies and surveys, concerning the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises of the Greek economy.

It was founded in December 2006 on the initiative of GSEVEE, constituting its scientific advisor on economic and social policy matters.

IME GSEVEE deals with the issues of growth, employment, taxation, competition, security, as well as other matters that concern small enterprises.

On behalf of GSEVEE, it observes the strategies that governments implement, and evaluates the progress of the operational programmes.

In addition, it constitutes GSEVEE entity dealing with lifelong learning, closely cooperating with GSEVEE Vocational Training Centre (KEK GSEVEE) that develops and implements vocational training actions.

GSEE Labour Institute

What is the Labour Institute of GSEE

The Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (INE GSEE) was founded in 1990, as a non-profit organisation, in order for the Greek labour Movement to make substantiated interventions at social and economic level.

Organisational Structure

INE GSEE has nationwide structure and consists of a Central Office and 17 Regional Departments across all geographic/administrative regions of the country.

Target Groups

INE GSEE addresses to all members of the society in Greece. In particular, its interventions relate to the labour force (employees of the private sector), as well as to vulnerable social groups such as the unemployed or migrants As one of the Social Partners, INE GSEE participates in the Social Dialogue (and committees that influence policy-making), as well as in a scientific dialogue with academic, professional and educational institutions. Through the networks it has developed, INE GSEE has generated a wide range of intervention at national and European level.

BFI Oberösterreich

BFI-Institute for Vocational Advancement is an Upper Austrian vocational training institution. BFI Upper Austria provides vocational education and training in a wide context of areas. Part of its educational activities especially focus on training schemes aimed at the (re-) integration of unemployed persons or persons disadvantaged in the labour market. Those pertinent educational and occupational schemes are designed and organised in close co-operation with the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) and companies.