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Factsheet for case CY-2020-45/1505 – measures in Cyprus

Special vocational educational scheme for the unemployed in public and broader public sector and NGOs

Ειδικό σχέδιο επαγγελματικής κατάρτισης ανέργων σε οργανισμού του δημόσιου, ευρύτερου δημόσιου τομέα, αρχές τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης, μη κυβερνητικούς οργανισμούς και ιδρύματα μη κερδοσκοπικού χαρακτήρα ΑΝΕΡΓΩΝ ΣΕ ΟΡΓΑΝΙΣΜΟΥΣ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΕΥΡΥΤΕΡΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΟΥ ΤΟΜΕΑ, ΑΡΧΕΣ ΤΟΠΙΚΗΣ ΑΥΤΟΔΙΟΙΚΗΣΗΣ, ΜΗ ΚΥΒΕΡΝΗΤΙΚΟΥΣ ΟΡΓΑΝΙΣΜΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΙΔΡΥΜΑΤΑ ΜΗ ΚΕΡΔΟΣΚΟΠΙΚΟΥ ΧΑΡΑΚΤΗΡ

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 02 November 2020 – 31 March 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Enhancing employability and training
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Case created 30 November 2020 (updated 07 December 2020)

Background information

The aim of the scheme is to provide the opportunity to registered unemployed persons to gain vocational training and work experience. At the same time, it provides the opportunity to public organisations, semi-public organisations, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and non-for-profit foundations to utilise the qualified human force. The scheme also aims:

  1. To the promotion of employment and the reduction of unemployment through the improvement of employability of the unemployed,
  2. To the provision of opportunities to the unemployment in order to further develop their skills and knowledge,
  3. Encourage organisations and services to provide proper vocational programmes for the unemployed.

The scheme is implemented by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus and it is based on the law provisions (Law 1999-2007, article 21) for the functioning of the Authority.

Content of measure

Eligible for participation are persons registered as unemployed in Public Employment Service registry during the application stage. The scheme covers the unemployed in all the degrees of education, from primary school graduate to university graduates. Priority is given to unemployed persons with two years’ experience in the hotel industry.

The organizations eligible to participate are:

  • Public and broader public organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Non-for-profit foundations.

Participation in the scheme does not imply employment of the unemployed in the organization and no remuneration is paid by the participant organization. The participant unemployed receives a weekly allowance of €125 from the Human Resource Developmental Authority for the four-month training period.

Use of measure

The available budget for the implementation of the scheme is €7 million. Currently, there is no estimation of the number of eligible beneficiaries and organizations participating in the scheme.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
Local / regional government
Public employment service
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The scheme and its related provisions, terms and eligibility criteria has been designed by the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) in coordination with the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurances. Social partners have not been invited into a consultation process for the definition of the scheme.

Views and reactions

Social partners are in favour of measures that support the unemployed persons through their participation in vocational educational targeting their skills and employability. They appear supportive to the initiative and no reactions or disagreements on the provisions of the scheme have been recorded to this moment.



Eurofound (2020), Special vocational educational scheme for the unemployed in public and broader public sector and NGOs, case CY-2020-45/1505 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.