Free vocational training programs


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Last updated: 12/13/2023


Odyssea is a non-profit organization that supports young vulnerable people to have access to employment opportunities in society. We provide tailored vocational and life-skills training combined with employability services that bridge young people with the world of work and empower them to realize their full potential..

Odyssea offers 4 main services:

The Academy: Our Academy’s goal is to help people develop new skills and find work. The Academy process includes vocational training courses in a variety of subjects, as well as soft and digital skills education. The courses are intensive and hands-on, taking place at our new, state-of-the-art training center equipped with the latest technology and training tools.

The Employability office: Our Employability office enables self-reliance and accelerates efforts towards a more inclusive society through employment. We believe that true, long-lasting integration for vulnerable groups can only be achieved when they are assimilated across social, political and economic strands of life. The fastest and most efficient way to do this is through permanent, meaningful employment.

The makerspace: Astrolab is our fabrication laboratory or makerspace. It is the branch of Odyssea that provides technological education, mentorship and open access to hi-tech tools and skills to help catalyze positive social change. Through its offerings, we seek to serve makers, students, organizations, and entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurship scholarships: Our Business Incubation Scholarship, in partnership with Alba Graduate Business School, helps beneficiaries set up their own start-ups and new businesses in Greece. We believe that entrepreneurship and business creation are vital to true, long-lasting integration of vulnerable groups across economic, social and political dimensions. We support hard workers with big ideas, original thinkers, dreamers and business people to develop their concepts and realize their potential regardless of their racial, social or economic background.

All programs are offered to participants free of charge.

Additional Information

Free vocational training programs:

Sales Representative

A sales representative is responsible for selling a company's products or services through explaining how a product works or what services are available. He/She provides sales materials such as brochures or pamphlets, creates sales leads and follows up with new customers. A sales representative can work in a wide variety of industries, such as telecommunications, automobile, pharmaceutical, retail, insurance or financial services, to name a few. 

Language: GR / EN

Duration / Class: 4 hrs (total Hrs: 40 hrs)

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3

 IT and Network technicians

An IT supports information technology (IT) systems and users, installs computer systems and software, and maintains computer networks and connectivity. His/her day to day tasks could be quality controls, system monitoring and network troubleshooting. 

Language: EN

Duration / Class: 3 hrs (Total Hrs: 30 hrs)

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3

Social Media and Digital Marketing

A social media specialist is responsible to develop, implement and manage the company’s marketing strategy and oversees all social media content. He/She will be posting content on social media according to the company’s marketing plan and will be the contact person of all customers on social media, replying to comments and messages, and providing accurate and appealing information. He/She might also be responsible for creating paid social media campaigns to increase the awareness of the company and/or drive sales. 

Mini Syllabus

The course aims to educate beneficiary participants on creating high-end content for the most widely used social media platforms so as to gain an advanced understanding of social media marketing basics. 

Language: EN

Duration / Class: 2-3 hrs (total Hrs: 45 hrs)

Classes per week (approx.): 3


Job Description

A Web developer could be employed in a variety of industries or often work as an independent contractor. He/she gets involved with the technical and graphical aspects of a website and is responsible for how the website operates and how it looks and can also be involved with the maintenance and update of an already existing website.Web Developers work together with managers for keeping a website up-to-date and prioritizing needs, among other tasks. 

Language: EN

Duration / Class: 2-3 hrs (total Hrs: 120 hrs)

Classes Per week (approx.): 2-3

Line Cooking Training

Line cooks are employed by many restaurants as an important part of the preparation of the food that comes out of the kitchen. They work under a head chef or sous chef, and each line cook is typically assigned a particular place on the line, such as the grill, stove or vegetable prep area. They typically have several duties that revolve around helping the kitchen stay clean and operational. Depending on the size of a kitchen, a line cook may be required to help clean the kitchen after or between meals. 

Language: EN/GR

Duration / Class: 4 hrs (total Hrs: 50 hrs) 

Classes per week (approx.): 2

Hotel Employee 

Hotel employees generate capital by ensuring the possibility of constant business based on guests’ feedback and satisfaction. All departments or aspects of a hotel depend on one another in order to provide the best of service. A breakdown in function of any of these areas disrupts the flow of operations and causes a ripple effect that inhibits the organization's ability to optimize its business.

Language: EN

Duration / Class: 3 hrs (total hrs: 50 hrs) 

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3


Woodworkers are responsible for producing, designing, crafting, and testing wood products such as cabinets, musical instruments, and furniture using specialized tools. Woodworkers set up, operate, and tend all types of woodworking tools and machinery, such as saws, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood-fastening machines. 

Language: EN/GR

Duration / Class: 3 hrs (total hrs: 75 hrs) (two - part course)

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3

Barista & Bartender 

A Barista Promotes coffee consumption by preparing and serving a variety of coffee drinks and other beverages along with pastries and cookies. He/she welcomes and accordingly serves customers by determining their coffee interests and personal preferences.

Language: GR / EN

Duration / Class: 4 hrs (total Hrs: 45 hrs)

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3


An electrician works on electrical equipment in homes, factories, businesses and buildings, both existing and under construction, to install, repair and maintain power, lighting, communications and control systems.

Language: GR / EN

Duration / Class: 4 hrs (total Hrs: 40 hrs + 40 hrs advanced training)

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3

HVAC & Plumbing 

As a plumber one’s duty is to provide general assistance for all types of plumbing work which will include installations, inspections, diagnosing problems/faults/leaks, testing, repair and maintenance of pipes, fixtures and other water and plumbing systems used anywhere for water distribution and waste disposal.

An HVAC technician performs field activities associated with supporting the installation, maintenance and servicing of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for commercial customers.

Language: GR / EN

Duration / Class: 4 hrs (total Hrs: 40 hrs)

Classes per week (approx.): 2-3

Accessibility & Additional Information

  • This service is closed on public holidays: YES
  • Is an appointment required: NO
  • Eligibility for services: 18+, English or Greek language speaker
  • Communication in sign language: NO
  • The entrance to this location has a ramp: YES
  • This location has an elevator: NO
  • This location has female staff: YES
  • This location has separate bathrooms for men and women: YES
  • All Services Listed Are Free of Charge: YES




Nikiforou Mandilara 17

Renti 182 33, Athens

Opening Hours

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Nikiforou Mandilara [ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ ΜΑΝΔΗΛΑΡΑ] 17, Renti, Athens