It is with great pleasure that we announce the International Conference titled: “Business Advice and Guidance training for women Entrepreneurs”, which will be held in Athens, Greece, on the 30th of September, 2015, at the President Hotel, “Cosmos” Room.

The second cycle of thematic workshops that took place in Greece during the first week of May in the framework of the European Project: “BADGE: Business Advice and Guidance training for women Entrepreneurs”. The thematic workshops aimed at developing the soft skills of women belonging to vulnerable social groups so that the beneficiaries would be empowered in their pursuit of establishing entrepreneurial activity. The workshops were organised by the Family and Child Care Centre (KMOP), a Greek NGO, and were conducted in KMOP’s facilities in Piraeus.

During the implementation of the second pilot phase, 2 thematic workshops were conducted, titled: “How to understand if I am suited to working for myself?” and “How to balance a busy home life with running a business?” respectively. The vulnerable groups targeted were women older than 45 and women that are single parents. A total of 12 women attended the two workshops.

The Family and Childcare Centre – KMOP, in the frame of the European Lifelong Learning project titled “ValidVol: validation of key competences in voluntary service organisations”, organises the 3rd international seminar which will take place in Athens, on the 18th of June 2015. The event is organised in collaboration with the University of Third Sector – UniTS (Italy), the BFI Vocational Training Institute (Austria), the AGORA - Association of Participants (Spain) and the North West Regional College (U.K.), partners of the ValidVol project. The seminar aims at the presentation of the validation systems for non formal and informal learning, with special emphasis on the competences acquired by senior volunteers during their volunteering. At the same time, best practices promoting the principle of volunteering will be presented.