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OSENGO (Project coordinator)
OSENGO is a non-profit VET organization, specialist in lifelong learning and vocational education, member of the French Vocational Education Federation It has 32 permanent training centres located in four regions of France. For over thirty years, OSENGO has been supporting various target groups towards lifelong vocational education or career change: employees, entrepreneurs, young people, unemployed, disabled workers, seniors, etc.
OSENGO provides qualifying and certifying training in hospitality, catering, social, tertiary, commercial and digital sectors. Beyond these certificated courses, the OSENGO Group offers also tailor-made services. OSENGO created a special department for Europe related topics in 1994 and has since led numerous projects of mobility and pedagogical engineering.
The Institute of Vocational Training AKMI is the largest VET provider in Greece and one of the 7 largests in Europe. It was founded back in 1989 and today is active in 7 cities across Greece (Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Larissa, Rhodes, Chalkida) representing almost 60% of the total VET sector in the country providing post-secondary education, of EQF levels 3-5. Every year, approximately 14.600 active students are enrolled with the aim to study one of the 107 specialties, in more than 340 laboratories in 14 different sectors within more than 37.500 m2 of infrastructure across the country.
The fields of study in the campuses of Athens are numerous and in all of them, AKMI gives the students tools to collaborate and problem solve, brainstorm and reflect. Apart from the technical part of learning, the experienced educators ensure an inclusive community among the students and cultivate a safe environment, allowing them to open up, discover new directions and ultimately, helping them create a new mindset. Social Inclusion and Gender Gap are important issues for AKMI, which youth can reform and gradually resolve through education.
In one word, AKMI hopes that with proper education, the youth can become productive, scientific-oriented, broad-minded, and ideal citizens of the society as the society is significantly influenced by this category of people.
Excellency has been proven for AKMI S.A. multiple times with International and National Awards, including:
- Golden Award of Facility Design and Laboratory excellence
- Golden Award for providing access to the labor market services in the 2017 Education Business Awards
AKMI has also numerous accreditations from different institutes and sectors e.g. Alain Ducasse Education, Pearson- The world’s leading learning company, ITEC- Education & Media Services, AHLEI- American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute etc.
Overall, AKMI S.A. employs approximately 1200 people as permanent staff and collaborates with a multitude of teachers who are entrusted with the delivery of courses to students. The permanent administrative staff of the AKMI institution is 170 professional individuals, expertise to inspire educators and academic staff recognized for their innovative research and teaching standards, thus forming a highly-motivated community in the Institute. The qualified educators are 600+ in number having critical and evaluation skills in collaborating with the admin staff for the division of the students into groups and classes according to their qualifications, language knowledge, critical thinking, and mindset. Most of the educators cooperate and manage, in collaboration with the admin office, the total administration of the summer schools, mobility programs, training seminars and lectures, social and cultural events.
Another important fact for AKMI is that is the only National Contact Point of European Vocational Skills Week in Greece, from 2020, an annual initiative of European Commission that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of Vocational Education and Training across Europe. AKMI as part of this network and as one of the key organizations working in VET across Europe will:
- help to promote VET across Europe
- boost the quality of VET
- encourage local VET stakeholders to participate in EVS (European Vocational Skills) Week activities
Finally, AKMI SA is the only Greek Centre of Vocational Excellence, partner of the European Network for Excellence, developed by the European Training Foundation. Members of the ETF Network for Excellence share a commitment to improving the functions, processes, organisational characteristics and relations with partners that characterise centres of vocational excellence.
FINNOVA is the European Foundation for Innovation Finance based in Brussels and Spain that supports the financing of innovation in companies, regions and municipalities. Its objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address societal challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, etc.
To achieve these objectives, Finnova collaborates directly with the European Commission in the implementation of the initiative by organising the Startup Europe Awards, an open innovation methodology to recognise the best European startups in the social field.
Finnova also has a strong commitment to youth and the training of young talent. Through its «Next Talent Generation» platform, it offers opportunities to boost mobility. It also collaborates with initiatives such as the Finnova – Girls4Tech Startup Europe Awards, within the framework of the Technovation Girls programme, to promote youth technological entrepreneurship through the development of mobile applications that respond to real problems linked to the United Nations SDGs.
Starting in 1993 under the name of “BK Consult” as a free-lancing initiative, transferred in 2019 into the BK Consult GbR (civil law society) nowadays organised as a Limited the BK Consult GmbH can look back of round about 20 years of expertise in transnational projects having participated in the design and implementation of a total project value that exceeds the budget of 4 billion Euros, operating in multicultural environments. Having managed more than 162 projects during the last 3 decades, stakeholders of BK Consult GmbH offer an extensive Project Management experience that has recently been PMP certified.
CENTRU PENTRU PROMOVAREA INVATARII PERMANENTE - CPIP
Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente – CPIP is a Romanian NGO that works in the area of Lifelong Learning since 2005. CPIP is committed to mainstreaming the principle of equal opportunities for all citizens in the public policies and associated practices, as an integral part of democratization and the creation of an open society. CPIP is working in multicultural contexts with partners from all-over Europe.
CPIP promotes the culture of “lifelong learning” through the active involvement of community members in developing a coherent implementation strategy of the concept and practice of lifelong learning.
The mission of CPIP is to bring forward the concept of lifelong learning and make it accessible to the communities with which we come into contact.
FUTURE IN PERSPECTIVE LIMITED (FIP)
Future In Perspective Limited (FIP) is a private company working in the field of youth, adult and vocational education, with expertise in the areas of e-learning, digital media and social inclusion. The company specialises in the development of innovative educational materials and courseware specifically targeted at non-mainstream educational providers. Digital media production is our passion and so it is at the heart of the work that FIP undertakes. Through our Digital Media Zone (DMZ) based in Virginia, Ireland, trainers from FIP operate weekly digital media hubs with local groups, especially those from a marginalised background. The aim of these hubs is to re-engage hard-to-reach communities in education and training, with an aim of supporting them to explore careers in the ever-expanding digital media sector. FIP is not primarily a direct service provider to adult and young learners but rather works closely with a network of education organisations, institutions and programmes to provide new educational materials and in-service training to front-line professionals.
Symplexis is a Greek non-for-profit organization that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities.
Symplexis’ mission is to elevate social cohesion through integrated actions and project-based activities that aim at promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups at risk of marginalization and exclusion, while promoting and protecting the rights of various types of population groups that face discrimination focusing on the empowerment and support of victims, awareness raising and information sharing at all levels.
Symplexis’ activity builds on user-led approaches and interventions around four main axes of expertise, namely:
- The social and economic inclusion of those most in need comprising a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing poverty, preventing marginalisation and promoting the sustainable integration of disadvantaged groups, particularly focusing on Third Country Nationals.
- The protection and promotion of human rights through activities and interventions that address the needs of a wide range of discriminated population groups, such as women, children and elderly people, victims of violence and human trafficking, the LGBTQI community, Roma and unaccompanied minors, migrants and asylum seekers/ refugees.
- Upskilling, capacity building and empowerment of vulnerable groups with the aim to promote equal access to formal and non-formal education for all and promote lifelong learning focusing on low-skills individuals that face difficulties in (re) the labour market.
- Child and youth development through actions and projects designed to reduce youth poverty, promote child protection and stimulate social inclusion and development.