NTG - Blueprint European Workshop, May 2019
The Ministry of Tourism operates tourism vocational schools at different levels and specialisations.
- Two (2) Advanced Schools of Tourism (EU level 5) (ASTE in Greek), in Aghios Nikolaos (Crete) and in Rhodes, specializing in hotel management, with 467 students in total for the academic year 2018-2019. These Schools run an undergraduate programme for Tourism Management (7 semesters of study focusing on Hotel Management - level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
- Eight (8) Institutes of Vocational Training (EU level 5) (IEK in Greek) operating in Anavyssos, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Argos, Heraklion, Rhodes, Alexandroupolis and Galaxidi with 1356 trainees in total for the educational period 2018-2019. The Institutes of Vocational Training provide initial professional training at a post-secondary level.
There are three specialisations currently offered, namely:
-Hotel and Hospitality Enterprises’ Expert (Front office – Housekeeping – Food and Beverage Management)
-Culinary Art Expert (Chef)
-Pastry and Baking Expert
A new specialisation of "Economy and administration officer in the tourism sector" is also being prepared (to operate in Thessaloniki and the Peloponnese).
(Other IEK running tourism specialisation programmes are also operated by the Labour Force Employment Organization (OAED in Greek) and the Ministry of Education, Research and Religion).
All students-trainees in the Ministry of Tourism schools are expected to carry out (paid) internships as part of the curriculum to help form skilled employees and guarantee their professional rights.
Both IEK and ASTE students take part in Erasmus+ placement programmes abroad in collaboration with the Trade Union's Labour Institute (for IEK) and the Higher Technological Institute of Athens (now University of Western Attica)(for ASTE) .
- A Tourist Guide School in Athens (and a second one opening soon in Thessaloniki) offering a 2-year post-secondary vocational training programme, the successful completion of which leads to the official professional tourist guide license. Currently there are 37 second-year students (2017-2019) and 30 first-year students (2018-2020) studying at the Tourist Guide School of Athens.
Through the carefully-planned curriculum, an important part of which includes visits to museums, monuments, archaeological and historical sites, as well as educational excursions throughout Greece, students develop a respect for the natural, social and cultural environment as well as a critical approach to tourism practices consisting of a set of values that can be passed on, through the tour, to prospective visitors.
- The Ministry of Tourism also operates lifelong learning programmes covering the following specialty areas: Hotel Operations, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Culinary Art, Pastry Art. The project concerns the implementation of continuing vocational training for employees and seasonal unemployed professionals of the tourism sector, aiming at enriching people’s knowledge and skills and improving the quality level of tourism services. The duration of each course is 380 hours, from October to April (approximately). Successful completion of the above courses guarantees trainees’ professional rights. During the educational period November 2018 – April 2019 the Ministry of Tourism organised such programmes in 10 Greek cities (Anavyssos, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Rhodes, Chios, Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Volos, Pirgos, Kalamata) with 560 trainees in total.