Since 1995 IEKEP designs and implements pilot European projects, cooperating with European organizations of other member states.
IEKEP participates in the following projects which are in progress:
The project TOURISTIC aims to find new and innovative answers to all challenges by upskilling disabled people in Digital Skills applied to the design of innovative commercial services and products in Online Accessible Tourism, creating new skills pathways and labour opportunities for disabled people in Europe, supporting ICT-based teaching and assessment practices and promoting the transparency, validation and recognition of skills and competences acquired through OER
ERASMUS + KA1 “Capacity Building on Social Economy” (2019-1-EL01-KA102-061405)
The aim of the project is to familiarize executives and associates of IEKEP with social economy and specifically with forms of social entrepreneurship in relation to the aim of creating a social entrepreneurship incubator for socially vulnerable groups in Greece. The project includes 2 nobilities -one in Glasgow, Scotland and one in Birmingham, England. The organizations that will undertake the hosting of IEKEP for the needs of the project:
The Lennox Partnership (TLP) was created in 1988, and re-named in July 2000, as a result of a merger between two Enterprise Trusts operating in West Dunbartonshire. Initially established to support the regeneration of the Clydebank area following the demise of the shipbuilding and heavy engineering sectors and to continue the work of the Scottish Development Agency’s Task Force who were pulling out of the area. The organisation has evolved over the years, broadening its remit and widening its operational area to include the delivery of services in a number of the 32 Local Authority areas of Scotland. TLP is a “Social Enterprise”, which provides high quality specialist intermediary support services on behalf of a range of key public sector agencies across the central belt of Scotland. More recently the organisation has become involved in the delivery of the Scottish Government's services for unemployed people such as Work Able and Fair Start Scotland.
(for more details: http://www.thelennoxpartnership.org/).
Legacy West Midlands is a registered charity that has its roots in celebrating the heritage of post-war migrant communities in Birmingham. Legacy’s work highlights the relationship to the industrial, architectural, and cultural heritage of the city. It is based at the community heritage site of Soho House in Handsworth, and delivers projects in the northwest inner-city wards of the city. These areas have faced long-term economic disadvantage but are rich in diverse cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit. To reflect this, their projects focus on food, architecture, migration, and industrial history. In this way, Legacy WM goes beyond recording and celebrating heritage. Their work uses this heritage to engage with local people – young and old – to increase their awareness of the cultural resources around them, using this as a means to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
(for more details: http://www.legacy-wm.org/).
Regarding employability IEKEP, aiming at finding good practices throughout Europe, has created a strong network and a toolbox on Applications of Social Economy, as a means of rehabilitation especially for the Vulnerable Groups. In 1998, in collaboration with the National Center for Social Research (EKKE), they jointly organized the first pan-Hellenic conference on Social Entrepreneurship, where for the first time good practices of social entrepreneurship were presented at both European and national level, while the conference conclusions formed the basis for many research projects in Social Economy. A year later, IEKEP, utilizing the projects of the Young Entrepreneurs and the experiences gained from the mobility in the framework of previous European initiatives, created the first Greece Multicultural Cooperative, its first action was the creation of "Poly-Polis", an ethnic restaurant in Athens, where the members of the cooperative (all coming from vulnerable social groups) had the opportunity to work in real life conditions. The restaurant operated with great success for 3 years and then it closed down due to lack of legal framework at that time for the specific cooperative forms.
Since then many things have changed and many innovations have been developed in the field of Social Economy. The specific program also aims at similar changes. Specifically, it focuses on the educational visits in foreign institutions of 10 trainers and executives of IEKEP in matters of Social Entrepreneurship as a means of combating unemployment, with a focus on the field of restaurant art, given the previous involvement that IEKEP has had.
With this project, IEKEP aims to:
- explore good practices in the social economy
- contribute in the exchange of knowledge and tools regarding counselling and training in the field of social entrepreneurship
- engage in on-site observation of cooperatives focusing on restaurant art in countries that have traditionally developed the field of social economy
- learn new techniques of empowerment of vulnerable groups and unemployed who focus on social entrepreneurship
- invest in the European dimension and training of trainers / counsellors
The project will train teachers and educators from VET schools, training providers and intermediary bodies on the design and co-creation of e-Learning courses on Management of Apprenticeship Programs for SMEs and tailor made Mobile APPs adapted to the specific reality and needs of the companies. These resources will be used by in-company VET trainers in order to strike the right balance between the company-specific needs of the employer and the general employability of the apprentice.
The project will design and elaborate the following Outputs to support the participation of SMES in apprenticeship programs
The project Re- Orient is focusing on tools of vocational re-orientation for law skilled people. The Re-Orient Project partnership joins forces in order to provide an innovative approach to strengthen the VET effectiveness and indirectly aid in combating unemployment through VET means: enhancing access to training and qualification for all, with special attention to low skilled; providing efficient and integrated guidance services; introducing opportunities for professional development of VET trainers/coaches/counselors; developing effective, open and innovative education techniques through the use of ICT .Re-orient Project targets trainers/coaches/counselors and VET providers, aiming at upgrading their skills to enhance clients/beneficiaries chances in the labor market. For this, it creates an innovative methodology and the complementary ICT educational materials to support it, in the context of vocational re-orientation, technical orientation and up-& re-skilling
The aim of the project is to contribute to gender equality and the alignment of the different EU countries in the field of justice and equity between genders through cutting edge European dialogue among 5 different countries for: exchange of views, enhancing the knowledge regarding the existing diversity among young people, especially those coming from third countries, expansion of the field of action for youngsters in the development of their personalities and exploring their roles related to gender, the creation of minimum professional specifications for social work for youngsters and the creation of theoretical and practical strategies. The project’s life cycle is from 2018-2020 and the participating organizations come from 5 EU countries: Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
Since 1999, one of the greatest efforts of the EU has been to create mechanisms and legal instruments that allow the establishment of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) to harmonize between the different states the legislation and the conditions of reception and international protection of asylum seekers. In order to address these efforts, five European organizations are starting the project NO GAPS - Transnational methodology for sociо-labour intervention with young women asylum seekers and refugees (2018-2-ESO2-KA205-011654) , co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European union. The organizations are Guarani (Spain), Solidaridad Sin Fronteras (Spain), BEST (Austria), KEK IEKEP (GREECE) and Gender Alternatives Foundation (Bulgaria).
The main objective of the project is to create, through a transnational strategic partnership, an integral and replicable methodology of intervention at European level for professionals working with young migrant women, asylum-seekers and refugees. The five EU organizations join their efforts to design a training curriculum defining and developing the knowledge, skills and competences needed so that the professionals who work with these women can develop an integral socio-labour intervention with them.
It has successfully implemented the following European projects:
Ladies first! Project aims to empower teachers, trainers and counselors to support women beneficiaries in order to gain the necessary stability in-between working and personal life, especially in the framework of crisis.
Based on two successful interventions (Work Life Balance in Greek Women Employes in national / Greek level and U-Coach! in European/ LLL level), within the context of this proposal, 7 partner organizations (Counselling NGO’s, research centers and VET providers, companies and social partners) from 6 countries (Greece, Cyprus, France, Portugal, Bulgaria and Italy) work together to develop Ladies First! Project, extending their scope beyond the borders of their own countries in order to define common strategies to address work life balance for women in Europe. Participating organizations use also European transparency tools such as EQF, ECVET and Europass, to promote transnational mobility, following the recommendations of the Bruges Communiqué, Supporting VET in Europe.
To support women in their work life balance, partnerhip work together to develop Ladies first! project, in order to define common strategies to address women work life balance through coaching in Europe.
The main target users of the project products are Counselors/ Coaches and VET educators. Final beneficiaries are women - users of these services who face issues with their work life balance.
SIMRA’s II general objective is to foster active participation of migrant/asylum seeking/refugee women in the ‘host’ society by developing, implementing and evaluating a pilot intervention scheme. This is expected to create the social space for social interaction to take place, on the premise that the more dynamic and inclusive the interaction, the more successful the integration.
According to IOM and UNHCR, 1.2 million asylum seekers arrived in Europe in 2015-beginning of 2016. Fluxes have not ceased since then. Most of the new-coming third country nationals have or will be settled in the EU member states. Now more than ever, Europe’s commitment to human rights is challenged: the need to offer practical solutions to the protection issues raised by the sheer existence of this ‘foreign’ population challenges Europe’s commitment to human rights. Would European societies dare go beyond the humanitarian response and create pathways leading to the acceptance of this “foreign” population on an equal basis that is what EU allegedly stands for? This partnership, having a strong grassroots’ knowledge of the situation and a long standing experience in tending the needs of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, shares the belief that integration of the ‘different Other’ can only be feasible when it results from social interaction among actors that actively and knowingly participate in it.
To achieve that, the SIMRA II Project brings together 9 partners from 5 EU countries, including facilities in 5 cities concerning different aspects of migration in Europe, namely Athens and the wider Attica region Nicosia, Birmingham, the wider area of Glasgow and London. Aiming at fostering active participation of women-third country nationals in the involved EU member states and considering the access to equal opportunities as a means towards active participation, the Project builds upon successful methodologies, tools and practices created by the partners through support and empowerment services, skills assessment and training, gender and migrant oriented practices facilitating access to equal opportunities at education and employment, as well as initiatives facilitating interaction in local communities.
17+ Chances Youth Career Orientation project, funded by the European Youth Fund and the UNHCR, addressed young asylum seekers and recognized refugees over 17 years old with the vision to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed in order to be self-reliant and able to communicate in greek language with a final goal to enter the greek labor market. The project offered 120 hours of training on Greek as a second language by specialized trainers combined with vocational orientation sessions complemented by training in soft skills through experiential techniques by specialized career guidance counselors. Specifically, 2 classes for 25 youngsters each x 120 hours of language training were implemented by certified specialists in Greek as a second language. The classes were divided according to the existing level of knowledge, so we had two classes/levels, beginners & advanced. The goal was for the participants to gain the needed knowledge to aid them in their integration process in the Greek reality according to their needs: for some of them the aim was to aid them with the basic language knowledge to proceed in the public education system, for some other the aim was to gain basic language knowledge to be able to communicate in Greek and achieve a basic level of autonomy, for all of them the aim was to have an understanding of the labor market and for each one to have a short term and a long term goal. To do that it was needed for all of them to get to know professions/ vocations in Greece and the EU and to have the soft skills needed to enter the labor market.
Transfer of Innovation Project Leonardo da Vinci (Lifelong Leaning Programme), titled: "Science At Theater" (2013 - 1 - IT1 - LEO05 - 03988). The main goals of the project are:
The upgrading of skills of teachers of secondary school courses Sciences (Chemistry and Physics in particular) and transfer of theoretical and practical principles of the SAT methodology.
The mobilization of students in general and especially those who are "at risk of leaving school / failure about the study and learning of sciences.
The disclosure of records / experiences that promote innovative design (non-traditional) teaching materials / tools.
To promote the achievement of the EU criteria associated with an increase in enrollment rates in higher education.
Promote networking between schools and universities that are mounted in the same area. (2013-2015).
Transfer of Innovation Project Leonardo da Vinci (Lifelong Learning Programme), entitled: «U - Coach! New Skills to empower handicapped (physical and / or mental) people to become more autonomous" (2013 - 1 - GR1 - LEO05 - 13877) in order to improve professional performance of guidance counselors so with the necessary tools to help the target groups at risk of social exclusion. (2013-2015).
Transfer of Innovation Project Leonardo Da Vinci, titled: "ON STAGE - Empowering young migrants by eployability skills through biography work and elements of drama" (2013 - 1 - NO1 - LEO05 - 06159). to improve the qualite of vocational education and training and improve employability skiils of young adults main second-generation immigrants in their integration in the labor market. (2013-2015).
ERASMUS+/KA2, titled: "upDESIGN - Equiping provides with employabiity skills and personal development skills embedded in the world of design and up-cycling" (2014 - 1 - UK01 - KA204 - 000085). The project Up Design is targeted at adult education and vocational training providers dealing with disadvantaged, low-level educated young adult learners who do not dispose of qualification and skills sufficient to (re)enter the labor market. The project will equip education providers and their staff with innovative methods and tools for basic/ employability skills delivery, entrepreneurial spirit and motivation training embedded in the thematic world of design and based on the idea of “upcycling”, i.e. initiating processes where waste materials or “useless” products are converted into new materials or products of better quality or simply speaking “where old products are given more value, not less” (Thorton Kay, Salvo News 94). The pedagogic outputs of Up Design will also introduce elements of eco-friendliness and environmental sustainability and, by this, raise respective awareness and initiate behavioural changes among their users (e.g. appreciation of material values, waste management etc.). (2014-2016).
ERASMUS+ - KA2 Strategic Partnerships, titled: "GET THERE - Journey to Employment"(2015 - 1 - UK01 - KA202 - 013608). This project seeks to promote the access to trainings that promote employability skills to a wide range of people, like employed people that want to strengthen their skills to perform better at their works, unemployed people that want to increase their chances of getting a job - including young at risk , who are expected to become engaged in this courses via a peer mentoring methodology that will make them feel empowered and, hopefully, less intimidated and more enthusiastic with the training that will give them better chances of entering the labor market. Through the VET initiatives boosted by this project, VET relevance in the labor market will be enhanced. In fact, through VET, people will be better prepared to enter and stay in the labor market and their performance will be improved. (2015-2017)
A Leonardo da Vinci Transference of Innovation project (Lifelong Learning Programme), titled "CPT - Developing an effective tool for career path of secondary schools' students to prevent unemployment and misemployment" (2009-2010)
A Leonardo da Vinci Transference of Innovation project (Lifelong Learning Programme), titled "Competence Coach" (2009-2010)
A Leonardo da Vinci Transference of Innovation project (Lifelong Learning Programme), titled "QU.I.GU.S. Qualitative Integrated Guidance Services" (2009-2010)
A Leonardo da Vinci Transference of Innovation project (Lifelong Learning Programme), titled "V.I.D.E.O. Video-CV to Increase and Develop Employment Opportunities" (2009-2010)
Partnership within the European Programme Lifelong Learning - Leonardo da Vinci titled "SALUTOGENESIS - Developing Health Competences among Seniors 45+ which aims at promoting health."
WRITING THEATER (2009-2011)-Transfer of Innovation The project, a Leonardo da Vinci TOI project, is based on two good practices concerning people at risk: the "Theatre of social inclusion" as well as autobiography and story telling. These practices will be blended & adapted to the needs young people at risk; furthermore an on line courseware will be developed, appropriate for teachers, social operators and counsellors.
"Developing a career pole star system" (CPS-System)Lifelong Programme-TOI, Leonardo da Vinci (2009-2011)
In the framework of the European Initiative HORIZON, a programme with the title "A Computer-Assisted Programme of Educational and Vocational Guidance for Disadvantaged People" (1993-1994)
In the framework of the European Initiative YOUTHSTART, a programme with the title ODYSSEAS: Workshops of Vocational Guidance and Alternative Pedagogical Methods (1995-1997)
In the framework of the European Initiative ADAPT, a programme for the development of small and medium enterprises, with the title "CIBERAL - IFESTOS: Technical Assistance and Development Centers for S.M.s"(1995-1997)
In the framework of LEONARDO DA VINCI, a pilot project with the title "ARTEMIS: Career Portraits of 24 Successful Women" (1995-1996)
A three-year LEONARDO DA VINCI, pilot programme with the title: LEONARDO DA VINCI "DIANA: Equal Opportunities in Vocational Guidance" (1996-1999).
A two-year programme in the framework of the European Initiative YOUTHSTART, titled "ARIADNE" on the issue of introducing the institution of pre-training for the young people who abandon compulsory education (1997-1999)
A two-year pilot programme LEONARDO DA VINCI with the title: "Quality 2004: Total Quality Services for the Athens Olympic Games" (1998-2000)
A three year LEONARDO DA VINCI programme titled "DIAPLUS: An Open Methodology for Life - Long Career Management(2003-2006)
Participated as a partner in a 2 years project titled "AWISE"Ageing workforce on small enterprises, funded by the Article 6 of the ESF (2004-2006)
Project : "PERSEPHONE""Integrated measures for the benefit of women" (2004-2006)
Within the framework of EQUAL II,
Coordinates a project titled "On the move"(2005-2008)
Participates as partner in a project titled APPLICATION OF NEW METHODS OF WORK IN CULTURAL DIFFERENTIATED TEAMS:"INTELLIGENT ADAPTATION "OF ENTERPRISES AND IMPROVEMENT OF SKILLS OF WOMEN IMMIGRANTS (1st April 2205 - 30 March 2008)
During the period 1999-2001 IEKEP participated as partner in the following LEONARDO DA VINCI projects:
A Leonardo da Vinci pilot project titled "ONCE Again-st Abandon, Opening to New Countries Experiences (2007-2008)
A Leonardo da Vinci Transference of Innovation project (Lifelong Learning Programme), titled "TIPEIL: Transfer of an Innovative Portfolio to Evaluate Informal Learning (2008-2009)