ITPIO is a private non-profit organization (NGO) with the status of Association. Members of the Association are currently 5 leading Bulgarian universities and colleges, the most powerful trade union in Bulgaria, one of the 6 national employers association, the Bulgarian Construction Chamber, local and regional authorities (such as the Blagoevgrad Regional Inspectorate of Education, also partner in this project), 7 SMEs, 2 corporations, 1 private hospital, 3 adult education providers, 7 centers for vocational training, 6 NGOs active in the education field, 2 regional school inspectorates, many schools, 3 language schools, some school teachers associations and many individuals – prominent experts in the education, training, social, economic and academic spheres.
The main activities of ITPIO are:
– Consulting of local, regional and national authorities in defining and implementing educational, labour market and youth policies (development of local and regional strategic documents);
– Training competition candidates to enter international institutions;
– Training the central and local Bulgarian public administration staff on the introduction of European standards and requirements in their work;
– Training SMEs managers to improve their leadership competences;
– Consulting for SMEs in improving their human resources, finance and public relations policies;
– Training staff in the public administration, universities, companies and NGOs in the field of development, management;
– Reporting on VET projects funded by international sources, including funds and programmes of the EU; Development and management of projects funded by the EU Structural Funds in Bulgaria;
– Labour market researches; research and analytical activities in connection with Bulgarian VET institutions’ training programs; proposals for their optimization and modernization;
– Research activities for the prevention of early school leaving;
– Research and scientific, practice-oriented activities for the development of programs and methodologies to foster a closer relation between education and the labour market.