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Patras PVTI event – European Week for Vocational Education and Training

by Georgios Giotopoulos
Language: EN


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Patras PVTI event – European Week for Vocational Education and Training

(European Vocational Skills Week 2019)

Professional training in PVTIs is not the last solution, it's a choice.

On Friday November 1st Patras PVTI presented the Vocational Education and Training, in the frame of the European Vocational Skills Week.

Mr. Nikolaos Katsonis, director of the PVTI, M.B.A. in Telecoms, PhD(C), prefaced the event and talked about the benefits of vocational training and the need for skills in order for someone to find a job. He also talked about the need for skills and knowledge and stressed that the PVTI is always trying to educate trainees and uses the proper means to create competitive professionals. In addition, he stressed that 80% of the vocational training graduates find a job related to their specialty very soon. He also thanked all the participating educators and attendees of the event, especially Deputy Director George Giotopoulos, who greatly contributed to the organization of the event.

Ms. MatinaVlahou, PVTI trainer, was in charge of the event presentation.

Deputy Director Mr. George Giotopoulos M.Ed., M.Sc., made his presentation entirely in English and spoke about the skills and abilities necessary today as well as about the Scientix, the eTwinning and Epale.

Scientix promotes and supports a European-wide collaboration among STEM teachers and other STEM education professionals,

eTwinning is a European action through which schools from all over Europe, using ICT tools, collaborate and gives schools and VTIs the chance to learn together, collaboratively and online.

Epale is a European open community of adult learning professionals.

Mr. Giotopoulos went on to explain that ability is the proven ability of one to utilize technical knowledge, skills and personal abilities to handle familiar and new professional challenges while skill is the competency to perform a task. Ηe also talked about the green economy and the skills connected with green technologies and finished by asking “What else?”, giving us food for thought.

Next was the presentation of Ms. ChristiannaTzanou, English Teacher, MA in Special Ed. Needs, who spoke about English in vocational education and training. Shipping Management & Financial Administration executives represent their company and have to be able to communicate with passengers, customers or other colleagues but also to be able to develop professionally. For Skippers, it is a prerequisite for working in the sector, since they will need to communicate with passengers, crew or other ships. Moreover, they will need to understand the terminology of the ship’s panel, read manuals and understand instructions and instruments or even make orders. For Guards of Antiquities, knowing English is a necessity since they will come into contact with visitors from all over the world while the most important thing is that they will have to impart appreciation of the exhibits and the cultural background.

Ms. Paraskevi Miha, musicologist, soloist, PhD, had the art direction of the musical interval that followed.

After the interval, Mr. Leonidas Theodorakopoulos, PhD (C), spoke about the professional prospects of the VTI graduates in general but also for the Software Developer prospects. Trainees learn four programming languages and have to know at least one of them really well. He also spoke about the cooperation of the Hellenic Open University of Patras with the Patras PVTI and its importance while he invited the trainees to all future events the University of Patras Career Office will organize and congratulated both the Director, Mr. Katsonis  and Deputy Director Mr. Giotopoulos for their efforts to upgrade the Patras PVTI.

Mr. Christos Lambropoulos, Β.Α., Μ.Β.Α., PhD (C), talked about Start-ups, innovation and creativity. He spoke about Silicon Valley and how smart minds got together and connected with enterprises and banks. When there’s a problem, innovators offer a different somehow solution, maybe cheaper, that is why they succeed. All innovative ideas are born from needs and several companies set off as start-ups to become successful, such as Ford, airbnb, efood, Funk Martini and SaMMY, from Patras. To be successful in materializing an idea, one has to have passion, courage and believe in it.

Next was the presentation of StamatinaVlahou, economist and PVTI educator about the required qualifications and employment prospects of the accounting office assistants. The profession is on the rise for several reasons, including the spread of S.A. companies, the development of industrial enterprises and stock trading. Graduates can work in the public and private sector, both in Greece and in the European Union. Basic skills are required but one also needs to have interpersonal, personal and communication skills and cultivate trust bonds with the customer. At Patras PVTI, all these skills are developed thanks to the participation in internships, the use of IoT technologies during the entire educational procedure while visits to the local enterprises help trainees connect with possible future employers. Trainees Nektaria Liaskou and Lefkothea Tsogka made the presentation.


Trainees Mr. Antonios Giortamelis and Ms. Danai – Elvira Sotiropoulou, under the guidance of Ms. Eleni Liakea, Business Management, talked about the importance of strategic design of the digital transformation and innovation of the Greek tourism sector. Tourism is the driving force for the Greek economy and society and the target is for Greece to become an all-year-round destination. For this to happen, supporting start-ups, digitisation of the public tourism education and the digital transformation of the Tourism Ministry are among the necessary steps. As a result, the availability of the digital touristic product as well as the strong presence of all the tourism enterprises will be available to the internet users and it will greatly contribute to the Communication and Information Technologies in Travel Industry specialty.


The last presentation was about the production of a biological hydrating facial cream from vegetal biological raw materials from the trainees of the Medication, Cosmetics and Similar Products Technical Expert specialty, under the guidance of Ms. Voudouri, Andriana, trainer and chemist. The basic materials used were an aqueous base and an oil base. The procedure is completed in three phases and trainees learned how to choose raw materials based on their characteristics and formulate from scratch the product executing the required stages step by step. The presentation was made by trainees Vasia Nikolopoulou, Anna Psina and Stella Marouda.


Finally, Director Mr. Katsonis informed the attendees of the event that the second part would take place on Monday 5th November adding that the presentations have demonstrated that the required skills are provided in each vocational sector at PVTI.



Completion of the European Week for Vocational Education and Training event of the PVTI

(European Vocational Skills Week 2019)


On Monday, November 5, the European Week for Vocational Education and Training event of the PVTI was completed.

Mr. Nikolaos Katsonis, PVTI director, preface the event, speaking about the importance of the professional training in finding a job and its differentiation from the university studies. Once again he stressed the need for development of skills, which today’s job market lacks. He thanked the educators for their participation and their presentations as well as Mr. George Giotopoulos, Deputy Assistant, who coordinated the entire event, with the Director.

Next, Mr. Giotopoulos talked shortly about how right now Europe is much closer than one imagines, adding that English is not the only language that can help us connect with the European Union. At this point, it is worth noting that Mr. Giotopoulos’ presentation on Friday, November 1,in English, was about Scientix, eTwinning as well as about the skills and abilities a professional should have today.

Ms. Dimitra Alexopoulou, PVTI educator, post graduate student, Education Management, was the presenter of the event.

The first presentation was made by Mr. Kyriakos Mpourikas, Associate Professor of the Greek Open University, and Mr. George Vasilopoulos, Pharmacist, MSc Health Management, MBA.

Mr. Mpourikas thanked Mr. Katsonis and Mr. Giotopoulos for the beautiful initiative, in cooperation with the European VTIs, and for their effort to supply trainees with all the necessary skills and abilities. He also spoke about the cooperation between the PVTI and the Greek Open University and how important it is so that trainees can get qualifications, skills and knowledge and recognized Mr. Vasilopoulos, Pharmacist, MSc, Health Management, MBA.

The presentation, which was entirely in English, was about the evolving role of the Assistant Pharmacists, their responsibilities and role, as they come into direct contact with the customer or patient. In regard to that, the cooperation of the PVTI with the Greek Open University is important,  as it provides access to labs and helps trainees understand the use of drugs, their mechanism and their interconnection. Mr. Vasilopoulos continued to say that the landscape is changing, with healthcare becoming patient centric and public health initiatives growing.

Ms. Dimitra Alexandropoulou, PVTI educator, postgraduate student, Education Management, was the next presenter and spoke about the need for professional training and education in the Maritime Shipping sector. In Europe, 70% of the external commerce and 43% of the internal commerce is done via sea means so Shipping is quite important for its competitiveness worldwide. Europe aims to make maritime shipping more affordable and safer; therefore it also aims at upgrading maritime professions. Highly trained and specialized staff is required and such training is offered by VTIs in the recent years.

The PVTI has introduced a new specialty this year, Music and Singing, and trainers Mr. Andreas Golfinopoulos and Mr. Stavros Ksiouras presented the knowledge, skills and professional prospects for graduates. Mr. Golfinopoulos referred to the study curriculum, saying that trainees study music theory, vocal techniques as well as how to handle sound equipment and effects. He also referred to the potential jobs graduates can apply for, which include participating in choirs, groups but also organizing a concert, or take part in producing records. Mr. Ksiouras talked about how trainees can deal with stage fright as well as how each song should be performed.  He also talked about the experiences trainees can exchange and how important they are for their evolution. Mr. Golfinopoulos added that it’s a specialty that widely covers music and it is a great chance for the city as well as for the musical education since the certificate received will be level 05.

Next, there was a music break, with the trainers and trainees of the specialty performing “Fly me to the moon” and “Tale with a sad end” (Greek song).

Mr. Ioannis Zisimopoulos, economologist, MBA, M.Ed., PhD, PVTI educator, in a presentation entirely in English, spoke about the dynamics and challenges of employment in the tourism industries as well as the working prospects. He stressed that the development of basic, professional and emerging skills due to the fast-changing working environment. More specifically, Executives of Digital Marketing and executives of Hotel Food & Beverages specialties seem to need improvement of basic and professional skills, especially in skills related to organizing, problem solving, customer service but also improvement of the emerging ones such as digital skills, IoT, social media, customer management, diversity management etc. The PVTI offers two specialties related to these professions, Executives for Tourism and Accommodation Enterprises and Executives for Communication and IoT technologies in the travel industry.  In both those specialties, the development of the basic, professional and emerging skills is promoted in order to ensure the knowledge background of the trainees, Mr. Zisimopoulos added.

Ms. Georgia Psiouri, doctor, and trainees Alexia Sileou and Ioannis Lepesiotis presented the professional prospects of Nursing graduates. According to Ms. Sileou, apart from the typical qualifications needed, an appetite for knowledge, team spirit and flexibility and adaptability at work are necessary skills. Graduates may choose to qualify and teach at VTIs. Mr. Lepesiotis presented some advertisements, with employers looking for nurses of all levels, which graduates could apply for.

Nurse and obstetrics Assistant is the new specialty that brings high differentiation in training in Western Greece.

Next, the Graphic Designs specialty presented projects during internships. The presentation was organized, coordinated and edited by Ms. Olga Apergi, Graphic Design technologist, M.Ed and Ms. Paraskevi Mpakogeorgou, graphics designer, M.Sc. Trainee Androniki Mihaki made the presentation in English. Ms. Mihaki talked about projects already completed such as the poster for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease event at the PVTI. The organizers of the event asked from the winner of the poster contest to work with them. The Kostis Palamas exhibition led to cooperation for publishing a book containing the art work of the event.  Recent projects include participation at the Pink the City event, projects for Arduino, eTwinning and Scientix as well as an idea of the Director about a PVTI ID card that could prove useful for future projects.

The last presentation was about the professional training as a success factor in tourism and Vasiliki Manika, Tourism Enterprises trainee, served as the presenter. There are several opportunities in the space while tourism professionals get more than one specialties since they are called to complete complex duties. Training, upgrading and connection of the training with the market are needed among other things and enterprises should view those needs as an investment and should include training and development of their human resources in their permanent and long-run needs. Today’s demands are increasing and the education community should include the skills development and connect with the enterprises so that trainees can smoothly integrate in the market.

The event concluded with PVTI Director Mr. Katsonis, who thanked educators, trainees and attendees for their participation and stressed that the PVTI will continue its course towards restructuring aiming at synching with the job market and its needs for high quality, differentiated training.

Translated for the Patras PVTI blog by Nektaria Liaskou,

Computerized Tax Consultancy - Accounting Office Assistant specialty.

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