Manpower Employment Organization

OAED’s Administrative Organization

OAED is a legal entity of public law supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance, and Welfare. It is directed by its Governor and Administrative Board.
The Administrative Board’s composition is based on the principle of tripartite representation, since, not only state bodies but also employer and employee associations participate in it, as representatives of the social partners. The Governor of OAED is the Administrative Board’s President, who is the chief administrative and executive officer responsible for the implementation of all the relevant laws, regulations, and decisions. The Administrative Board is entitled to decide upon any issue beyond the Governor’s responsibility. The Governor may transfer his responsibilities to the two Vice Presidents of the Administrative Board.
OAED consists of its Central Administration, seven Regional Directorates, the network of local Public Employment Services (PES) –also known as Employment Promotion Centres (KPA2)–, and its educational units (EPAS, IEK and KEK).

OAED’s Central Administration comprises three General Directorates (A – General Directorate of Manpower; Β – General Directorate of Support; C – General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training), which direct and coordinate work within their respective fields of competence.
The field of competence of the Directorates and Services belonging to the General Directorate of Manpower is related to issues regarding the implementation of the government policy about the employment of the country’s manpower.
The field of competence of the Directorates and Services belonging to the General Directorate of Support is related to issues regarding the support provided to the work of the various OAED units.
The field of competence of the Directorates belonging to the General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training comprises actions for the development of manpower, such as vocationally oriented education (Apprenticeship) and training.
The Regional Directorates, the local PES (KPA2), and OAED’s educational units/institutions (EPAS, IEK, KEK) are responsible for the implementation of the official decisions made by OAED’s Central Administration.
Click here to see the Organization Chart of OAED.

OAED also comprises the Regional Directorates of the following areas: 1) Attica, 2) Eastern Macedonia, 3) Central and Western Macedonia, 4) Thessaly, 5) Epirus, 6) Peloponnesus, 7) Crete.
Each Regional Directorate supervises the operation of the Services within its field of competence.

3. Local PES (KPA2)
The Employment Services and the Social Insurance Services formerly operated by OAED on local level were merged into unified local Public Employment Services, commonly known as KPA2 and operating as one-stop-shops. The KPA2 constitute an organizational innovation that has significantly improved the quality of the services offered to unemployed people and businesses, since they now provide employment and social insurance services as “one-stop-shops”.
Thus, OAED, as a service provider, is now more efficient and quicker, thanks to the fact that its main services are provided within one and the same place:

  • Personalized approach, counselling, and job placement (matching of employment supply and demand);
  • Payment of benefits and other social security allowances (Passive Labour Market Policies);
  • Implementation and management of Active Labour Market Policies and programmes.

The operation of the local PES (KPA2) is coordinated by the Directorate for the Coordination and Development of the Employment Service Network.
Finally, there are also 6 Employment Offices for Special Social Groups (in Athens, Thessalonica, Larissa, Volos, Patras, and Herakleion-Crete) whοse aim is to integrate into the labour market the population groups that are faced with the risk of social exclusion:

  • People with disabilities
  • Ex-convicts
  • Ex-drug addicts
  • Young delinquents or people at social risk
  • Other socially vulnerable groups.

For the vocational training of people with disabilities, there is a KEK in Galatsi, Athens, and a School in the pilot industrial area of Lakkia, Thessalonica.

Education in the various OAED Vocational Schools (EPAS) around the country is based on the Apprenticeship system, which combines in-class vocational education with remunerated on-the-job training (traineeship) in businesses.
Aim: to help the students acquire professional experience in real work conditions so as to facilitate their subsequent integration into the labour market.
For further information you may follow this link to the Apprenticeship Portal.
Moreover, OAED is responsible for the operation of several Institutes of Vocational training (IEK) around Greece, which offer initial post-secondary vocational training based on both theoretical and laboratory courses.
OAED’s ΙΕΚ are supervised by the Institute of Adult Continuing Education (IDEKE).
Aim: to help the students acquire professional skills through specialized scientific and technical knowledge, so as to be well-prepared for their entry into the labour market.
For further information regarding studies at OAED’s IEK click here.