The Institute of Vocational Training AKMI is the largest VET provider in Greece and one of the 7 largest in Europe. It was founded back in 1989. Today, it is active in 7 cities across Greece (Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Larissa, Rhodes, and Chalkida) representing almost 60% of the total VET sector in the country providing post-secondary education, for EQF levels 3-5. Every year, approximately 14.600 active students are enrolled with the aim of studying one of the 107 specialities, in more than 340 laboratories in 14 different sectors within more than 37.500 m2 of infrastructure across the country. The fields of study on the campuses of Athens are numerous and in all of them, AKMI gives the students tools to collaborate and problem-solve, brainstorm and reflect. Excellency has been proven for AKMI S.A. multiple times with International and National Awards, including:
- Golden Award for Facility Design and Laboratory excellence
- Golden Award for providing access to the labour market services in the 2017 Education Business Awards
The permanent administrative staff of the AKMI institution is 170 professional individuals, expertise to inspire educators and academic staff recognized for their innovative research and teaching standards, thus forming a highly-motivated community in the Institute. Another important fact for AKMI is that is the only National Contact Point of European Vocational Skills Week in Greece, from 2020, an annual initiative of the European Commission that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of Vocational Education and Training across Europe.