Reinforcing Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education students develop soft skills for both their present & future and connect to the labor market.
The Need
Students of Vocational high schools face uncertainty regarding their next steps, while at the same time, there is a lack of appropriate tools at the teachers' disposal to support them.

This challenge highlights the urgent need to seek a different approach to VET, which focuses on the development of students' and teachers' skills and bridging the gap between VET and the modern labour market.
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The Goal
The programme "Vocational education students develop soft skills for both their present & future and connect to the labor market" aims to empower the student and educational community while simultaneously upgrading Vocational Education and Training (VET).
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Specifically, by participating in the programme:
The Students:
  • Discover career paths based on their interests Get inspired by meeting successful professionals
  • Get inspired by meeting successful professionals
  • Build their self-confidence through the development of skills
  • Prepare for the modern labour market
The Educators:
  • Are trained in the importance of questions in the development of three soft skills.
  • Are empowered and enhance their role as educators through the integration of modern digital media in the educational process.
The Programme

Groups of students attending the first and second grades of Vocational High Schools participate in a series of activities during the programme. Participants hold live group sessions with mentors who are professionals working in sectors corresponding to the specialisations they have chosen or are interested in pursuing, and receive useful information about their career prospects and current working conditions.

Furthermore, by participating in an educational workshop, they are informed about the importance of asking targeted questions nowadays, and learn how through this process they will be able to develop three soft skills: critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills. At the same time, moving from theory to practice, they are introduced into how to ask better questions with the help of technology, and through experiential activities they discover good practices related to their entry into the modern labour market.

Educators who undertake the implementation of the programme in their school participate in online training on all of the above in order to be able to support their students.

The programme involves 487 students from 12 Vocational High Schools across Greece and is implemented with the contribution of 35 educators.

Student and Educator Testimonials

I considered the meeting very successful. The questions asked were answered in a simple and comprehensible manner, as useful information emerged from them. In each session everyone who spoke with us was well-informed and knowledgeable, thus prompting me to seek out more details about the specific professions.
Student, 2nd Vocational High School of Mytilene
The programme is implemented with the support of Bodossaki Foundation under the Thematic Grants Programme.

Bodossaki Foundation is a public benefit organization founded in 1972 with the aim of continuing the contribution of its founder, Prodromos Bodossakis Athanassiades, to the Greek society. Its vision is a society of equal opportunities and prospects for all.

To promote its vision, the Foundation funds, plans and implements, in full alignment with the principles of transparency, accountability and integrity, actions and programmes of relevance to its four strategic action pillars: promoting education, improving healthcare, protecting the environment and empowering the Civil Society.

From its establishment to this day, the Foundation has made available over €450 million for promoting its purposes.

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