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The problem

Today, 1 in 3 young people aged 16-34 in Greece are unemployed, one of the highest rates in the EU, and many of them are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Even when employed, they may not be able to cover basic expenses.

Poverty in Greece is also one of the highest in Europe and seriously affects the physical and mental well-being of those who experience it. Young people with low levels of education, limited work experience, lack of basic skills and no access to skills training are trapped in unemployment and poverty.

Our solution

The aim of the project is the vocational training of young people who do not participate in education or employment processes (NEETs) and their promotion to employment. Indicatively, some of the training categories are HORECA, BUSINESS, BLUE ECONOMY, ELDER CARE, CONSTRUCTION.

The following integrated programme of actions is envisaged to achieve the objective:

  • Beneficiary assessment
  • Introductory hands-on workshops in selected professional disciplines
  • Vocational training in various disciplines
  • Creation/development of a professional profile
  • Introduction of graduates to the labour market

For more information about the project, contact Iro Baka, Operational Manager of Odyssea, at 210 481 5780.

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Connection with the labour market

"Women, like men, must be educated with a view to action, or their studies cannot be called education." ~ HARRIET MARTINEAU


Thank you Odyssea!! You are so much for me I will never forget my experience

I find a job and I learn so much in Odyssea. My future is now more bright and I can find my house and support myself. Thank you so much!

Our Supporters

The project “Empowerment and vocational training for youth neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET’s)” is being implemented under the Active citizens fund in Greece by Odyssea.

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a €15 m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The programme aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow. More information: www.activecitizensfund.gr/en/

About the EEA Grants:

Τhe EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EEA Grants are available to the 13 EU member countries that joined the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2004, 2007 and 2013 as well as Greece and Portugal. The decision-making body of the EEA Grants is the Financial Mechanism Committee, which is composed of representatives of the Foreign Ministries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

More information: www.eeagrants.org  & www.eeagrants.gr 

About Bodossaki:

The Bodossaki Foundation is one of the most respected privately-owned public benefit organizations in Greece. The Foundation is the culminating point of its founder’s brilliant course in life and remains the carrying vessel of the values and ideas that he faithfully served throughout his eventful life. The Foundation was established in 1972 by Prodromos – Bodossakis Athanassiades who decided to donate his entire fortune to support health care, equal opportunities, quality in education, scientific progress and environmental protection. The Foundation has a deep knowledge of social needs in Greece and has administered so far more than €450m supporting its causes.

The Bodossaki Foundation also supports NGOs working with socially vulnerable groups and has lately set the strengthening of civil society as one of its primary objectives. Since 2013 it administers the regranting facilities of the EEA Grants for civil society in Greece.

More information: www.bodossaki.gr/en/ 

About SolidarityNow:

SolidarityNow (SN) is a non-governmental organization established in 2013 to respond to the needs, and advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, indiscriminately. SN’s Headquarters are in Athens, with large operations in Thessaloniki and activities across the country.

The organization’s vision is to improve people’s lives and to empower them to create a just and inclusive society. SN’s actions fall under three main strategic priorities: a) Promoting safety and protection; b) Catalyzing livelihoods opportunities; c) Strengthening the independence of civil society and defending open society values. SN has supported 320,000 people to date, both through direct project implementation and through regranting programmes. Through its regranting initiatives, SN has supported 73 different programs and provided a total funding of 14.4M to support Greek civil society organizations.

More information: www.solidaritynow.org/en/

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