BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH, was founded in 1990 as an independent Austrian organisation for providing continuous training, vocational qualification and career services. Its main activities comprise the development of innovative training programmes for young (+16) individuals and adults, many of them disadvantaged and with migration background, on continuous and vocational training, counselling & coaching and activation for job seekers and employees.

The training schemes are client-oriented and based on both the specific needs of the labour market and the participants’ individual situations, skills and competences, previous experience and life circumstances.

The institute has its headquarters in Vienna and operates six branches in the Vienna and Lower Austria region for up to 12.000 students per year (2015). The innovative training programmes for different target groups include own pedagogic and didactic approaches and materials, especially for social integration, empowerment, self-reflection and motivation, as well as ICT based methods, which are constantly being updated.

Within its International Projects Department, since 1995, BEST has been engaged in more than 160 European projects, both as coordinator and partner, in the framework of various EU programmes (Leonardo, Socrates/Grundtvig, EQUAL, LLP, ESF, eTEN, FP, EuropeAid, Erasmus+, H2020, IEE, INTERREG, etc.). The institute disposes of a network of more than 250 international organisations, both public and private, from different sectors, and is focused on networking, exchange of experience and practices, peer learning, research and development of innovation, knowledge management, personal and professional development. On a national level, BEST works with the following strategic partners and clients: Austrian Public Employment Service, Vienna Employment Promotion Fund, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Austrian Development Agency and many leading companies as well as other training and counselling providers.


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