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IEK (Greek: ΙΕΚ) is a Greek abbreviation name for the Ινστιτούτο Επαγγελματικής Κατάρτισης[1][2][3][4][5] (Institute of Vocational Training) in Greece.

IEK was established in 1992 as a type of educational institution specifically to provide adult vocational education and training (VET) at the post-secondary education level (Greek: Μεταδευτεροβάθμια Εκπαίδευση) that is not part of higher education (HE), nor taken as part of an undergraduate degree. Completing it does not allow access to courses at level 6 of the NQF/EQF and ISCED classification. IEK is a comprehensive (i.e. no entry exam is required) institution considered to be a body of "non-formal education" (φορέας μη τυπικής εκπαίδευσης).[6][7]

IEK name variants include Post–Secondary Institute of Vocational Education and Training (PSIVET), Institute of Vocational Education and Training (IVET), Institute of Professional Studies (IPS).

Public and private IEK offer postsecondary courses accredited by Ministry of Education (Greek: ΥΠ.Π.Ε.Θ.) and the agency of EOPPEP - National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (Greek: Εθνικός Οργανισμός Πιστοποίησης Προσόντων και Επαγγελματικού Προσανατολισμού - Ε.Ο.Π.Π.Ε.Π.).[8]

There are approx. 90 regional Public IEK (Greek: ΔΙΕΚ) in the administrative regions of Greece, and also over 50 Private IEK (Greek: IIEK) administrated by EOPPEP entity, recognized by the Ministry of Education. Additionally, they also exist public IEKs of Ministry of Tourism[9] at which has hospitality and tourism specialties; of National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV, Greek: Ε.Κ.Α.Β.)[10]; of Ministry of Health[11]; of Workforce Employment Organisation (OAED, Greek: Ο.Α.Ε.Δ.). Generally, public IEK operates afternoon starting by 15:00 PM in which is usually co-housed and operated at a morning-curriculum school's building, while the laboratory classes conducted off-school at other buildings hosting by sponsors, however they are subject of availability. The IEK is on a two terms (semesters) system per academic calendar year and shares a common national academic curriculum of Greece Ministry of Education. The students are assessed during the semester in the form of progress test (πρόοδος), and the final examination test (εξεταστική) taken and the end of the semester. The post lower secondary programmes provided by the Institute of Vocational Training (IEK) have been discontinued (repealed), where access to this type of programmes had the students that have completed the gymnasio.

Admission into an IEK’s programme requires adult-only applicants who have graduated from upper secondary education school in Greece[12][2][I] (at National Qualification Framework (NQF) of Greece Level 4; EQF 4; lyceum) or its international equivalent officially recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education.

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