Continuing vocational training as an economic development and employment policy tool: potential, limits and conditions

Study by Prof. Maria Karamessini, member of the teaching staff of the Department of Social Policy.

Continuing vocational training is a useful enabler of technological progress and a necessary tool for combating structural and long-term unemployment. However, it is not a panacea especially in a country such as Greece which is still experiencing mass unemployment due to an amputation of its production system and a plunge in productive investment during the Great Recession and under three MoU. By promoting mass training in the coming years as a panacea, the Greek government transfers the blame of low labour productivity and high unemployment to the working class and the unemployed who lack skills.