ABOUT US

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
Anaptyxiako Kentro Thessalias - AKETH [Developmental Centre Of Thessaly – D.C.T.], located in Trikala, Greece, is a nonprofit continuing vocational education & training (VET) centre/provider. AKETH was founded in 2004 in Trikala – Greece. AKETH as a nonprofit organization uses its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or mission. Its revenues derive by its activities operating as international VET provider, offering counseling services and providing e-solutions through AKETH lab.
AKETH is aligned with the E.U. strategic framework about fighting the rising levels of unemployment –particularly among young people. It is the same risk which threats a high number of adult workers, resulting in phenomena of social exclusion and the increase of poverty. Such phenomena are more and more appearing, threatening the social cohesion and standard of living. The main way to confront the above is througn the improvement of provided education/training in terms of quality and efficiency. AKETH’s mission is to provide certified education & training opportunities, counseling & personal development in order to contribute in their life improving.
AKETH-DCT operates as a typical nonprofit organization. It is governed by the board of directors. The board is responsible for the policy of the organization and derives its jurisdiction from the Constitution of the Organization. The board’s work is coordinated by the chair and the board may organize itself into various committees responsible for carrying out different operations. An executive director is responsible for the management of AKETH according to the strategic direction set by the board. She is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of AKETH.

PERFORMANCE

AREAS

VET area: is divided in two departments

E.U. projects & programmes (EPA)
Sending /Hosting organization, Intermediary
organization, Consortium coordinator, Courses
provider

Consultancy services (CSSA) is divided in:

Administration services / SMEs Counseling / Career Development

AKETH lab (LABA): comprises three depts:

Development & Design / Customization / Supporting on management apps/tools, e-learning and WEB-2 apps/tools, robotic.
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CERTIFICATIONS / AWARDS
AKETH is certifiied VET provider by the National Accreditation Organization for Vocational Training/Skills.

Moreover AKETH has been certified as adult  educators/trainers examination center by E.O.P.P.E.P.’s [National  Organisation for the Certification of  Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP)] Certification of  Educational Attainment for Non-Formal Education Adult Educators.

AKETH has been awarded for the implementation of its exemplary vocational education and training projects under Leonardo da Vinci programme over the year 2011 from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY - Greek National Agency).

Our organization is making a constant effort to contribute substantially to equal access to knowledge in the society, to promote sustainability, healthy behavior and to shape a better future for humans. One of our main objectives is to promote entrepreneurship and personal initiative, as we believe it is the main way to help people get through the hard situation of unemployment that strikes many countries in Europe and especially on the southeastern part.

Aketh is a member of:

• the Hellenic Association of Continuing Vocational Training Centers.
• the European Network for Transfer and Exploitation of EU Pr oject Results
• the Drop’pin community -Europe’s youth opportunities platform
• EPALE membership community for Adult Learning in Europe

KEY PERSONNEL

Achilleas Kostoulas

Achilleas Kostoulas

Mr Achilleas Kostoulas,staff member of the European Project Dept of DCT, holds a degree in mechanical engineering, three master degrees in energy systems, management and technology and engineering construction management.
He has many year of teaching experience, in private and in public sector, in adult education and vocational training. He has been lecturer in Mechanical Engineer Department of TEI of Larisa and Patras.
He has presented and published several scientific papers on conferences and Scientific Journals in the fields of:
Energy,Environmen,Life Long Learning,ICT tools in Education. He has coordinating several EU Projects while he is co-administrator and responsible for the development of the e-learningplatform of AKETH in all  EU projects.
Gulsah Aksoy-Tzafolia

Gulsah Aksoy-Tzafolia

Mrs Aksoy has a Bachelor degree in Geophysical Engineering of the Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a junior project manager of the European Projects Department in AKETH-DCT and she is responsible for developing alliances and cooperation relationships with organisations and SMEs across South East Europe. What is more, she coordinates activities and tasks in EU Projects related with her field of expertise.
Giannis Papavasileiou

Giannis Papavasileiou

Giannis Papavasileiou holds a bachelor degree in Informatics. Currently, he is staff member
of the Information and Technology Dept of DCT. His main expertise is the development of
e-learning platforms. He has an extensive experience in delivering a broad array of solutions to enable learning and improve performance of e-learning platforms. He is a certified adult instructor and has more than 7 years of teaching experience in adult VET. He has administrative and management experience in the coordination of national and EU funded programs for training of adults.
Karouti Isabella-Dimitra

Karouti Isabella-Dimitra

Ms Karouti Isabella-Dimitra holds a Diploma degree in Architecture with distinction and
currently she has been awarded with a scholarship for the Master Program of Cultural Organizations Management. She is an architecture educator for the Arkki school of Architecture for children and youth and a keen staff member of the EU Projects Department in AKETH-DCT.
Due to her academic background and particular interests in cultural activities, she has been involved in voluntary activities related to children and youth empowerment in the region of Trikala. As AKETH-DCT member she has been involved in Youth Projects, in terms of  implementation, application, evaluation and valorization.