BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH. Austria
The institute has its headquarters in Vienna and operates six branches in the Vienna and Lower Austria region for up to 11.100 students per year (2017). 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. As one of the first training institutes in Austria, BEST has become a certified provider of the ECDL European Computer Driving Licence, EBCL European Business Competence Licence and ECo-C European Communication Certificate, and offers respective trainings and exams. Since 2008 BEST is an official CERTNO Training Centre certified by Danube University Krems and approved by the Lower Austria Government. Since 2012 BEST has also the „wien-cert“, the quality certification for adult education.
Within its International Projects Department, since 1995, BEST has been engaged in more than 190 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 290 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.