According to a survey released by Eurobarometer, 43% of Greek citizens and 25% of Europeans report that their education and training do not meet the requirements of the labor market.
In fact, 43% of Greeks claim that the education they received did not provide them with the skills needed to find a job that corresponds to their qualifications. This study places Greece first in the European Union, followed by Spain (38%) and Italy (35%). In contrast, the lowest percentages have been reported in Sweden (10%), Denmark (11%), and Germany (13%).
Almost half of the Greek respondents believe that their qualifications would be recognized in other EU Member States. However, 6% of Greek and European citizens tried to work or study in another Member State, but failed in either case because their qualifications could not be recognized or because the respondents did not have sufficient information about the recognition of their skills abroad.
As for the quality of education received in school, 81% of Greeks evaluate it as “good,” compared to 29% of them when asked to evaluate their higher education.
In addition, the majority of European citizens (95%) believe that the qualifications, such as foreign languages or general skills that can be applied in different kinds of jobs, can be acquired outside the framework of formal education.
Only 21% have heard about the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), while 9% knows at what level of the EQF their qualifications correspond.
The European Commission indicates that over the years, a number of European initiatives about the recognition of the qualifications have been implemented, a rather difficult task. The effort is also supported by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou.