Nearly 4,000 graduates of professional training schools are sitting for certification examinations this weekend, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday in a Facebook post.
“We provide our youth with alternative career paths, different paths to a professional path,” he said.
The students are being examining by National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) in 21 specialties. They will qualify among others as designers of construction projects and geoinformation, medical lab technicians, electrical networks technicians, information technology applications and networks technicians, and specialists on food and drink technology, Mitsotakis said.
“Once they pass their exams, they get a certificated of specialized professional training at level 5 of the National Qualifications Framework and enter the labor market very quickly,” the premier said, referring to the national adaptation of a European Union framework.
EOPPEP is supervised by the Ministry of Education, and is guided by the internationally recognised EFQM Excellence Model (The European Foundation of Quality Management). It is geared toward linking vocational training with labor market needs, as well as designing and implementing a national policy on vocational guidance, and has received funding by the EU.