|Published online: May 22, 2015||$US5.00|
The paper is an analytical evaluation of recent transformations in the Greek vocational education and training system focusing especially on their impact on its organisational structure and on employment-oriented strategies. Recent reforms in the Greek labour market aspire to reconsider its principles, redefine its orientation towards an improved model of production, and ignite growth. Many of them focus on transformations of vocational education and training (VET), which is considered a key factor for employment-oriented strategic approaches. This paper analyses the reforms that have been introduced in the Greek education system with a special focus on VET provided in upper secondary and post-secondary–non-tertiary–education and training institutions (ISCED 3-4). Although significant, these reforms augment existing or new deficiencies. The paper also describes the effects of organisational changes in the Greek lifelong learning system underlining the inefficiencies in the interaction between VET and the labour market, as well as in the effective cooperation of the social partners at national level. Moreover, it explores their ability to establish an innovative focus on introducing new specialisations within a broader strategic plan for national economic development. Consequently, the paper elaborates on the accessibility of European Union institutions and mechanisms serving educational and professional mobility opportunities for VET students (or graduates). Finally, the paper concludes by emphasising the need to enhance the potential of lifelong learning policies favouring employment prospects and social cohesion.
|Keywords:||Employment, Lifelong Learning, Vocational Education and Training|
Lecturer, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece