Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) is the Greek Public Employment Service. It is a legal entity of public law, supervised by the Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity. OAED aims to implement the government’s policy on employment and halting unemployment; support and facilitate the integration of the workforce into the labour market; provide unemployment insurance; promote Vocational Education and Training and link it to the workforce’s employment, intellectual and social development.

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: 

– Active Labour Market Policies (ALMPs) for halting unemployment, promoting employment, and Vocational Training for both unemployed and employed citizens.

– Passive Labour Market Policies (PLMPs) concerning unemployment insurance measures (regular unemployment benefit) and other social security benefits and allowances (family allowance, maternity allowance etc.).

– ALMPs for Initial Vocational Education combined with on-the-job training (Apprenticeship system).

CJD Maximiliansau

CJD e.V. is one of the largest NGOs in Germany engaged in VET 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 CJD has more than 150 branches all over Germany. It provides vocational guidance, preparation, training as well as vocational rehabilitation and assisted living facilities, socio-pedagogic family aid and support for immigrants. CJD 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. Over the 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 the implementation of EU-funded projects. EVTA is one of the largest European networks or communities in Vocational Education and Training. The actors are key players in VET from all over Europe. The European challenge of achieving social cohesion is essential for EVTA and it requires everyone to have access to good quality Vocational Training throughout their lives.


The Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME GSEVEE) is a non-profit organisation that conducts studies and surveys, concerning the micro-, small- and medium-sized Greek enterprises. It was founded in December 2006 on the initiative of GSEVEE, as its scientific advisor on economic and social policy matters. IME GSEVEE is concerned with issues related to growth, employment, taxation, competition, security, as well as other matters regarding small enterprises.

On behalf of GSEVEE, it observes the strategies that governments implement, and evaluates the progress of operational programmes. In addition, IME GSEVEE is concerned with lifelong learning, closely cooperating with GSEVEE's Vocational Training Centre (KEK GSEVEE), which develops and implements Vocational Training actions.


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 social and economic interventions. INE GSEE has a nationwide structure, consisting of a Central Office and 17 Regional Departments across all geographic/administrative regions of the country. INE GSEE, through years of experience, has developed a variety of integrated, multidimensional and interconnected actions at European, national and regional levels in the following categories:

– Research and documentation on issues that interest GSEE, its member unions, the employed and the unemployed.

– Design, development and provision of lifelong learning programmes.

– Development of a trade union training system.

– Observation and scientific analysis of contemporary social and economic issues.

– Involvement in international partnerships with civil society institutions.

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 is especially focused on training schemes aimed at (re-)integrating unemployed or disadvantaged persons into the labour market. The relevant educational and vocational schemes are designed and organised in close co-operation with the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) and companies.