Italy and Greece share good practices on Employability!

During December Caritas Hellas welcomed with joy representatives from diocesan Caritas of Italy and the Municipality of Florence, in the context of a 3-day training on Employability and Social Integration as part of the project MEET2IN – “MEEting e Training in Europa verso nuove forme d’INtegrazione fra pubblico e privatosociale”.

The visitors from Italy had the opportunity to participate in a series of educational trainings, which took place at the Social Center of the Organization, in Neos Kosmos, as well as at the Center for Social Integration and Employability, in Kypseli. Through presentations, discussions and experiential activities, the participants discovered the practices and the tools applied by Caritas Hellas on its endeavors to train and interconnect the beneficiaries with the labor market. In particular they trained on the Caritas Hellas Employability Platform Program while they were informed about the alternative paths of employment and the livelihood opportunities.  Of course the study of the Social Economy and its local impact was not absent from the training, with focus on the example of the Kypseli Municipal Market! 

Furthermore, the group from Italy was informed about the educational seminars, carried out by the Organization, aiming at the preparation of the beneficiaries for job searching and also about the methods applied during job counseling sessions, personalized and in groups. The participants shared their experiences with the trainers, good practices and through experiential activities, they got closer to the procedure of cultivating soft skills, while met challenges and  difficulties faced by the job seekers.

Apart from the activities that took place in the two Centers of Caritas Hellas, the trainees conducted study visits to the στην Odyssea and the Job Center of the Municipality of Athens, where the met the deputy mayor of Athens. A fascinating excursion in the center of Athens was also included in their agenda! The youth team of Neos Kosmos Social Spot “Discover Athens” took the role of a guide and “travel” the visitors into the ancient paths of history and Greek mythology, before they leave Greece …


The Social Center of Neos Kosmos is part of the «METAVASIS Project – Participation, Empowerment and Social Inclusion of Refugees / Migrants in Greece» concerning the support and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greek society. The Project is run by Caritas Hellas and is funded by Caritas Germany.

The Center for Social Integration and Employability is part of the Program “Social and Economic Integration of Refugees and Immigrants in Athens” concerning the support and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greek society. The Program is implemented by Caritas Hellas and is funded by Caritas Switzerland.