OVERVIEW

Guidance Services in Greece, as far as the public sector is concerned, are implemented both in the Education and Employment field, supervised by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs www.minedu.gov.gr/ and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security www.ypakp.gr/. In the private sector there are municipal structures, private companies and free lancers that offer among other, career guidance services.

The National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) www.eoppep.gr/index.php/en/, operating under the supervision of the Minister of Education, Research & Religious Affairs is the national body providing scientific and technical support to the Ministry in designing and implementing a national career guidance policy, as well as the provision of such services in Greece.

POLICY

Career Guidance Policy in Greece is designed and implemented by the Ministries of Education, Rresearch & Religious Affairs www.minedu.gov.gr/  and Labour and Social Security www.ypakp.gr/. The Ministry of Education supervises the Centres of Career Guidance and Counselling (KESYPs), operating at prefectural level through its Autonomous Department of Career Guidance, whereas the Ministry of Labour supervises the Centres for Promotion to Employment (KPAs) through the Career Guidance Directorate of the Greek Manpower Organization (OAED) www.oaed.gr/ . The National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) www.eoppep.gr/index.php/en/ operating under the supervision of the Minister of Education, research & Religious Affairs is the national body providing scientific and technical support to the Ministry in designing and implementing a national career guidance policy. EOPPEP acts as the National Euroguidance and Europass Centre of Greece, is the national contact point for EQAVET and ECVET and a former member of the ELGPN network. It is also a management body of the National Lifelong Learning Network according to Law 3879, while all career guidance services are considered Lifelong Learning provision bodies according to the same Law. EOPPEP’s responsibilities according to Law 4115 include, among others, setting the requirements and procedures for both the accreditation of career guidance counsellors and the proper function of career guidance centres and facilitation of networking and cooperation of all public and private career guidance stakeholders in Greece. For this reason it has developed and supervises the National Guidance Forum called “IRIDA”  http://guidanceforum.eoppep.gr/ promoting the synergies between career guidance services and policy actors.  Finally EOPPEP is responsible for the quality assurance of Career Guidance Services through its participation at the National Framework for the Quality Assurance in Life Long Learning called p3  http://www.eoppep.gr/index.php/el/quality-asssurance/national-framework-for-quality-assurance-in-lifelong-learning  

SERVICES AND PRACTICE

The Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs provides career guidance services through different structures such as the Autonomous Department of Career Guidance and the 81 Centers of Career Guidance and Counselling (KESYPs) operating at prefectural level. KESYPs offer face to face career guidance services to students and adults up to 25 years old, The Institute of Youth and Lifelong Learning (INEDIVIM) supervises 62 Career Guidance Bureaus (Grafeia Symvouleytikis) that operate inside the Second Chance Schools (Scholeia Defteris Efkairias) all over Greece for adult citizens above 18 years who haven’t finished compulsory education. Moreover 35 Career Services (Grafeia Diasyndesis) of the Employment and Career Development Structures (DASTA) of the Universities and Higher Technological Institutions of Greece offer career guidance and counselling to students and graduates supporting their smooth transition to the labour market. The Ministry of Labour and in particular the Greek Manpower Organization which directs the Greek Public Employment Services (PES services) is the responsible body for offering career guidance services in the employment sector. These consist of 116 Centers for Promotion to Employment (KPAs). OAED provides a wide range of subsidized programmes for employers who offer job positions or professional experience opportunities to unemployed young people. It is offering young people vouchers which can be exchanged for training programmes or work or for specialized career guidance programme to support transition to the labour market. Moreover, career guidance counsellors of OAED are supporting unemployed people interested in working abroad through the EURES network and its portal https://ec.europa.eu/eures/public/el/homepage.

In the private sector the private and municipal Lifelong Learning Centers (Kentra dia Viou Mathisis) licenced by EOPPEP  are providing among others career guidance services to support the career development of adult trainees, to improve their self-awareness, to plan their educational paths and to take better educational – employment decisions.

According to law 4052 career guidance services to adults are also offered by the Private Job Finding Bureaus (Grafeia Evreseos Ergasias) and the Temporary Employment Enterprises (Epixirisis Prosorinis Apasxolisis).  Furthermore career guidance services are offered by other organizations like the General Workers’ Confederation of Greece (GSEE), social services like KETHEA (Centre for Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts, KETHI (Center for Research on Gender Equality), the army and the church. EOPPEP is implementing among other several actions in order to raise the quality of career guidance services in Greece:

  • Organizing Training Seminars for career guidance counsellors of the public and private sector on a regular basis.
  • Setting the criteria, requirements and procedures for the accreditation of career guidance counsellors and the establishment of a register of accredited professionals.
  • Developing a Code of Ethics for career guidance counsellors which sets the minimum ethical standards for the professional behaviour in the career guidance sector.
  • Keeping a Register of Private Career Guidance Services, accessible through the website of EOPPEP, aiming to inform all citizens about the available career guidance services in the private sector.
  • Developing ICT tools in order to support learning mobility, career development of citizens and widening of their access to career guidance services: The Career Guidance Portal for adolescents www.eoppep.gr/teens, The Lifelong Career Development Portal for adults www.e-stadiodromia.eoppep.gr, and the The National Learning Opportunities Database “PLOIGOS” http://ploigos.eoppep.gr, connected to the European Portal of Learning Opportunities and Qualifications https://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/en/splash.

TRAINING

The training programmes offered in the Career Guidance field in Greece are the following:

  • Postgraduate Study Programme (MSc): “Counselling and Career Guidance” - University of Athens -Department Philosophy, Pedagogy & Psychology – Faculty: Pedagogy. http://www.postgrad-esp.ppp.uoa.gr/
  • Postgraduate Study Programme (MSc): “Development and Career Guidance” - University of Patras Department of Primary Education www.elemedu.upatras.gr
  • Degree Program in Counselling and Guidance - ASPETE, University of Pedagogical & Technological Education – PESYP, http://eppaikpesyp.aspete.gr/index.php/el/
  • Postgraduate Study Programme (MSc): “Counselling and Career Guidance” - ASPETE, University of Pedagogical & Technological Education – PESYP, http://syep.masters.aspete.gr

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

EOPPEP has conducted studies in several fields, such as specific application fields of career guidance (career guidance for NEETs, Entrepreneurship Career Guidance etc.), the field of quality assurance and evidence and the field of labour market,  targeting in the design and implementation of actions focused on the needs of guidance counsellors and end users. Moreover the universities that offer postgraduate studies in the Career Guidance field as well as other training or research organizations conduct regular studies and research on several career guidance subjects usually in the context of relevant European projects.

ETHICS

EOPPEP, the National Euroguidance Centre of Greece, in the context of its responsibility for upgrading and assuring the quality of career guidance provision in Greece has developed a Code of Ethics for Career Guidance Counsellors www.eoppep.gr/images/SYEP/ENTYPO%20KODIKAS%20DEONTOLOGIAS%20SYEP.pdf . The code sets the minimum ethical standards for the professional behaviour in the career guidance sector.  It was based on International and European experience on common aims and principles in career guidance (e.g. the work of the European Expert Group on Lifelong Guidance) as well as on the participation of EOPPEP in the European Life Long Guidance Policy Network, which developed a Quality Assurance Framework in Life Long Guidance http://www.elgpn.eu/publications/browse-by-language/english/elgpn-tools-no-1-excerpt-quality-assurance-and-evidence-base-qae-framework and Guidelines for Policies and Systems Development for Lifelong Guidance http://www.elgpn.eu/publications/browse-by-language/english/elgpn-tools-no-6-guidelines-for-policies-and-systems-development-for-lifelong-guidance/. Reputable scientific bodies and university professors contributed to these guidelines. The observance of the code of Ethics by the career guidance stakeholders is measured through specific quality indicators of the National Framework for the Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning called p3.    

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