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Last update: 23 March 2022

Civil Protection Volunteer (Εθελοντής Πολιτικής Προστασίας): The natural person - member of a voluntary organisation of civil protection, which is part of the staff of Civil Protection and provides, in cooperation with local authorities and other business entities, unpaid and non-profit service for the benefit of society as a whole.

Continuing Vocational Training (Συνεχιζόμενη Επαγγελματική Κατάρτιση):the training of human resources that complements, modernises or/and upgrades existing knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through the education system (secondary, post-secondary formal and non-formal vocational education and training, higher education) or working experience, with the aim of integration in the labor market, job security assurance, as well as professional and personal development.

European Solidarity Corps: A European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. In Greece, it is administered by the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation.

European Qualifications Framework/EQF (Ευρωπαϊκό Πλαίσιο Προσόντων): the common European Reference System, which connects the national systems and professional qualification frameworks of different countries. It includes general education and adult education, vocational education and training, as well as higher education. It is divided in eight (8) levels, which cover the whole range of professional qualifications.

Formal Learning (Τυπική μάθηση): Regulated at national level, takes place in an organised and structured environment which is specifically dedicated to learning, leads to the recognition of qualifications usually in the form of a certificate or diploma. It includes the systems of general and vocational education, initial vocational training and higher education.

Hellenic Statistical Authority (ΕΛΣΤΑΤ): An independent Authority enjoying operational independence, as well as administrative and financial autonomy. Its operation is subject to the control of the Hellenic Parliament.

Hellenic Qualifications Framework/HQF (Εθνικό Πλαίσιο Προσόντων): the framework for the classification of qualifications in the form of learning outcomes, according to a set of criteria for achieving learning levels, which aims to integrate all national qualifications subsystems into a whole and to coordinate them.

Initial Vocational Training (Αρχική Επαγγελματική Κατάρτιση): the training that offers basic initial professional knowledge, skills and abilities in specialties and specialisations aimed at the integration, reintegration, professional mobility and development of human resources in the labor market, as well as professional and personal development.

National Youth Dialogue Group (Εθνική Ομάδα Διαλόγου): A dialogue group/mechanism between young people and decision makers taking place in the framework of the EU Youth Strategy (‘EU Youth Dialogue’). Established by the Ministry of Education, it consists of 25 Greek organisations and bodies, with the participation of social organisations, parliamentary parties political youth and the National Youth Council.

Non-formal Learning (Μη τυπική μάθηση): refers to learning that takes place through planned activities in relation to learning objectives and learning time, and in which there is some form of learning support. It may cover programmes for the transmission of work-related skills, adult literacy and basic education for early school leavers.

State Scholarships Foundation (Ίδρυμα Κρατικών Υποτροφιών): IKY grants scholarships and contributes to the strengthening of the Greek scientific community. Assessing the needs of current times, it carefully studies, plans, announces and implements scholarship programs and financial aid for all educational cycles.

Traineeship (Πρακτική άσκηση): the short-term professional experience, included in a planned educational programme. It aims at the transition from vocational education and training into work, by providing practical experience, knowledge and skills that complement the theoretical education already acquired and a) is based on an agreement, which defines the rights and obligations of the trainee, the employer and, where appropriate, the Vocational Education and Training Institution; and (b) a remuneration or grant is provided for the trainee for the part of the work-based training.

Unified Register of Civil Protection Volunteering (Ενιαίο Μητρώο Εθελοντισμού Πολιτικής Προστασίας): Register kept by the Directorate of Volunteering and Education of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, which includes the following: a) ‘Register of Voluntary Civil Protection Organisations’. b) ‘Register of Civil Protection Volunteers’. c) ‘Register of Equipment and Means of Voluntary Civil Protection Organisations’. d) ‘Archive of Collaborating Organisations and Bodies’. e) ‘Archive of Evaluation Reports of Voluntary Civil Protection Organizations’.

Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (ΙΝΕΔΙΒΙΜ): A non-profit, public benefit institution, supervised by the Ministry of Education, with a mission to a) implement lifelong learning programmes/projects, b) implement youth programmes/projects, emphasising youth innovation, mobility, transitions and career growth, c) manage all issues regarding student care services, catering and accommodation facilities (educational welfare).