CIOFS – FP Piemonte (Italy) – Project leader

CIOFS – FP Piemonte is a non-profit association founded in 1977. It collaborates with other 10 CIOFS regional associations, coordinated by the national Headquarters located in Rome. CIOFS, with about 230 employees, runs in the regional area of Piemonte with a regional Coordination Office in Turin and 13 qualified operative centres (for VET, guidance and placement services), based in 5 provinces (Torino, Alessandria, Vercelli, Novara, Asti) and 6 Career Guidance Centres (BIL.CO), accredited by the European Organisation FECBOP. The regional Coordination Office, situated in Turin, is responsible for: planning, co-ordination, research and development, mobility, marketing and communication, logistics, administration and budgeting, training of trainers. Each operative centre is well-equipped with technological classrooms, innovative technical laboratories, areas for guidance and placement services, outdoor spaces for recreational activities and meetings. It offers training, guidance AND placement services. CIOFS operates with a Quality System complying with UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 and UNI ISO 29990:2011 norms, according to the Salesian educational style and through the activation of the following functions: research, planning, training, guidance, placement, documentation, information, tutoring, assessment, evaluation, quality. Beneficiaries: employed, unemployed, young people, women, adult people, immigrants, dropouts, people with special needs, SMEs and companies.

CIOFS offers TRAINING for:
  • Young people (upper secondary VET under the regional system-IeFP) – Three-year courses to achieve a vocational qualification for trainees in compulsory education who have completed lower secondary school, b. two-year courses for young people aged 15-17 in compulsory schooling, courses to achieve a professional technician diploma.
  • Unemployed and adult people – Qualification or specialisation training courses to enhance insertion or reinsertion in the labour market. 
  • Young and adult people with a higher secondary diploma or a technical professional diploma-Higher technical education and training courses (HTC): one-year post-secondary non-academic courses which lead to a higher technical specialisation certificate. 
  • People with special needs and migrants – Training courses addressed to individuals facing difficulties (intellectual or physical disability, weak and disadvantaged people) aimed at achieving specific professional skills. 
  • Employed people – Training courses addressed to employed adults, to improve their soft, technical and professional skills (on individual demand or company request). 
  • SMEs/Company training to develop professionalism and high-profile soft skills. 
  • Apprenticeship – dual training courses for vocational qualification. Principal training areas: education, agri-food, gastronomy, wellness and wellbeing, administration, accounting, fiscal and tax advice, environment, commerce, information technology, social care, web design, logistics.  

CIOFS offers GUIDANCE and PLACEMENT SERVICES: Customized services aimed at meeting the needs meet needs of young people / adults / families / migrants / companies, constantly adapted to the socio-economic changes of the territory, such as: Training Needs Analysis Labour market and Education information Vocational/Career Counselling Guidance training and support Apprenticeship Mobility, Internships and traineeships Employment services Recruiting and job-matching services Access to European, national, regional and local funds for training and HR development. CIOFS interacts with a wide network of Italian and European partners in the development of European projects and with local, regional and national organisations (Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education, Universities, Piemonte Region, Città Metropolitana Torino, Eures-APL, Regional school office, schools, employer associations, trade unions and Chamber of Commerce, other public bodies, companies, third sector bodies, etc.)

Associazione Le terre dei Savoia (Italy)

Born in 2004 which includes 35 municipalities in Southern Piedmont. Terre dei Savoia (TdS) main goal is to promote the area enhancing social, cultural, tourist and entrepreneurial development of its territory and associated municipalities.

Its specific areas of expertise are:
  • Identifying local needs, debating them and finding appropriate solutions to help local cultural and tourist growth;
  • Fostering participation to European activities, giving anyone’s ideas the opportunity to become successful actions;
  • Giving associated Municipalities the opportunity of entering an international scene providing value to the Savoy territories and their identities;
  • Offering training and education to promote knowledge of the area and of the whole production lines in cultural, social, tourism and business topics;
  • Improving competitiveness, experimenting innovative processes and policies to integrate ICT and digital development within arts and cultural heritage.

Moreover, TdS, in September 2015, opened Múses Academy in Savigliano at the historical Palazzo Taffini by TdS: a laboratory, a place of research, analysis, studies in scents and herbal sciences (with the dedicated high-tech laboratory EssicaLab), Muses features a pathway of international appeal, which supports didactics, training and testing activities about essences and officinal herbs and art, showcasing a series of artworks by artists from Italy, Japan, Germany, Slovenia ( Múses Academy is the fulcrum of its most successful projects. Among them many innovative exhibitions (Enea e gli Etruschi a Palazzo taffini, Doppio Senso, Ars Regia, for the project Interre Alcotra I Duchi delle Alpi) as well as artistic residencies of the Creative Europe “Amuse” project (16 artists from 4 countries going attending 3-weeks residencies) in order to put in contact territorial heritage with new forms of art and propose an innovative interpretation of cultural and artistic traditions; It will also host an experimental part (the digital narration of the museum through iBeacons – proximity sensors) of the project Mappae (Cosme programme).

FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italy)

The mission of FAI, usually referred to as the National Trust for Italy, is twofold: on the one hand, it is to promote a tangible culture of respect for Italy’s natural heritage, art, history and traditions; on the other, it is to protect a legacy that forms a fundamental part of the roots and identity of the Italian people.

This commitment sees FAI engaged in:
  • Taking care of special places in Italy for the benefit of all generations, both present and future; 
  • Promoting education on, love for, knowledge and enjoyment of Italy’s environment, landscape and historical and artistic heritage; 
  • Pro-actively supervising and intervening, through public opinion campaigns, to defend Italy’s landscape and cultural assets, in the spirit of Article 9 of the Italian Constitution.

Nowadays, FAI manages 66 properties, 52 of which are open to the public, visited by 900 thousand people a year. FAI staff is made up of 255 people, distributed in the Milan headquarter and in the properties all over Italy. Main work areas are: heritage restoration and conservation, properties management and enhancement, communication, fundraising, administration. Staff is supported by almost 10.000 volunteers. FAI members are 213.000. In the field of youth, 7 years ago FAI has launched the project FAI Giovani (FAI Youth), involving young people aged between 18 and 35. 

FAI Giovani has been created to raise awareness and bring young people together through national initiatives and local events. It offers to its members a program of initiatives, events and trips designed specifically for young people on themes ranging from art to music, from social inclusion to nature. During the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 virus, the Foundation has introduced digital services dedicated to citizens, allowing them to discover the richness and beauty of Italian cultural heritage.

BJC – Ballymun Job Centre (Ireland)

Ballymun Job Centre Co-op Society Limited (BJC) is a community-based non-profit charity, which provides employment services to local job seekers. The overall objective of the BJC is to provide individuals with greater labour market choice and the opportunity to improve their employability, increase their earnings and reduce their vulnerability to poverty. The BJC operates within a local context providing education, training and employment supports to local people who are disadvantaged within the labour market. The BJC, using a client centred approach, has a strong history of developing innovative initiatives that aim to tackle unemployment by addressing the barriers and needs presented by the clients. Many clients have multiple barriers to employment including low formal education, low basic skills, poor work histories/ long term unemployment, low self-esteem/ coping abilities, dependency on welfare, involvement in antisocial behaviour, addictions, criminal histories, early school leaving, disabilities, and mental health difficulties for example. The BJC therefore provides a wide range of services and activities to help overcome these barriers and support people towards the labour market. One important element in achieving these goals is the Career Guidance service.

Institut za turizam (Croatia)

The Institute for Tourism is a public research institute (IZTZG), serving Croatian tourism industry and relevant public bodies with up to date tourism research, dealing with tourism policy and planning, marketing intelligence and sustainable and responsible development. Founded in 1959, the Institute is one of the oldest institutions in Europe engaged in tourism research. Of the total number of employees (32), the Institute has 20 researchers (scientists and research assistants), coming from various disciplines thus fostering the lnstitute’s multidisciplinary orientation (economy, geography, sociology, architecture, art history, environmental science, statistics, education and computer science). Among the Institute’s research activities, one of the most important aspects of its work is education with activities therein related to it. IZTZG supports Croatia secondary and tertiary education providers in defining programmes and curricula, and contributes to training tourism professionals through various forms of life-long learning modules (seminars, workshops and similar). The Institute also monitors the impact of a variety of community awareness programmes on issues affecting tourists or tourism in general. The Institute bases its expertise on an extensive research programme, regular market research and environmental analysis activities. It has specialized knowledge in various areas that impact development and management of tourism, such as economics, marketing, management, transportation, environmental protection and technology. Hospitality companies, public institutions at local, regional or national levels, as well as non-governmental organizations seeking solutions to the complex problems bearing on modern development and effective management of tourism will find at the Institute a well-qualified partner and adviser. The Institute for Tourism continuously strives to share the knowledge and experience it has gained with colleagues in Croatia’s tourism industry via specialized educational programmes. Developed primarily to suit the needs of professionals employed in tourism associations and hospitality companies, the main goal of these seminars is to contribute to the adoption of modern know-how and work processes in Croatian tourism practice. The Institute has been engaged as a project partner in several Erasmus and Interreg projects, mainly with educational and/or research components. It also collaborates with the Croatian national tourism office and with 21 regional tourism boards, as well as with several other tourism industry players, with whom it shares a common goal: to achieve a higher level of competitiveness for Croatian tourism.

VsI “eMundus” (Lithuania)

Public institution “eMundus” was established in 2009 to streamline research and implementation activities in the area of education and concerning with the use and adaptation of information and communication technologies in different spheres. The mission of eMundus is actively promote the knowledge society, while creating and developing services mainly related to ICT, innovations, as well cultural aspects, healthy lifestyle, green activities and practical adaptation of them in education and community activities, seeking to ensure the quality of cooperation and unity between different generations and different social groups. eMundus specialists work on the creation of information systems which are used or adapted to education environments, created systems are used in the universities, kindergartens, VET schools, secondary schools, as well in international education institutions, created portals are used in National and European levels. The team seeks: – to find solutions how to solve problems in education sphere in purpose to create effective education environment, which would be available for everyone and will attract learners; – to develop critical thinking activities, educational approach towards real-world problems solving, updating educational curricula with new methods of teaching and learning; – to create technological solutions which would be effectively used in education; – to create possibilities and conditions for lifelong learning while guaranty the quality of educational services; – to collaborate with different national and international educational institutions (universities, secondary schools, adult education centres, professional schools, etc.), associations, enterprises; – to find the ways that new methodologies and information and communication technologies would be used in teaching and learning effectively. eMundus team is composed of experts who have long-lasting experience in management, e-learning development and practices, educational and technological development spheres. Team members take part in various international and national programs since 2006, participated, managed and developed previous Socrates, Lifelong learning, now Erasmus+ and European Structural Funds projects. Through many years, it created relations and collaborations with different institutions and developed strong cooperation and partnerships all over Europe with educational organizations, associations, research and development centres, and public authorities. 10 permanent employees (1 manager, 1 coordinator, 4 researchers/analysts, 1 administrator, 1 accountant, 2 IT specialists) are working in eMundus

Digipro Education LTD (Cyprus)

Digipro® was established in Cyprus in 1990. Digipro® enables organizations to improve business performance, develop their systems and offer their people lifelong training and motivation. Digipro encompasses a wealth of expertise in Information & Communication Technologies, Business Consulting, Executive Education. Digipro is a learning design organization involved in educational program research and development using technology as a platform for Enhanced Learning. Provide specialized and innovative services that are primarily focused on continuous development and total quality assurance.

  • Executive Education 
  • EdTech Solution Provider 
  • Consulting & Coaching Services

University of Nicosia (Cyprus)

University of Nicosia (UNIC) has been instrumental in the internationalization of higher education in Cyprus and the wider region. UNIC has been a pioneer in online education in Europe, supporting both its own degree programmes, as well as those of its joint degree partners throughout the region. In this regard, UNIC awarded a 5-Star QS rating for Online/Distance Learning, becoming the first university in the European Union recognized in this way by the QS Intelligence Unit. UNIC also stands out for a number of global university firsts in its dynamic initiative in cryptocurrency and block chain technology. More specifically, it was the first university in the world to: (a) offer a course and degree programme in the field; (b) deliver graduates from a programme of this type; (c) publish academic certificates and diplomas on the blockchain; and (d) offer instant online verification of degree authenticity. The University’s global outlook and internationalization efforts have been recognized by QS World University Rankings, with UNIC being ranked among the top 100 universities in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Region. The School of Business (SBA) is one of Cyprus’ major business education resources. We are the largest school in the University. Organizationally, our School consists of the departments of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Hospitality and Tourism, Management and Management Information Systems, and Marketing. The School also includes both the graduate MBA Office and the Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Sport Research and Development (CLTS).

Our mission is to create enduring educational value for our students, for our alumni, and for the business and professional communities we serve:
  • For our students whom we prepare to succeed in a rapidly changing, technology-driven global business environment; 
  • For our alumni to whom we provide opportunities for continuing professional development and a legacy that appreciates as our excellence grows; 
  • For the business and professional communities to whom we offer knowledgeable graduates, educational programmes, research, and collaborative projects. 
  • Our mission is also to further the professional development of our faculty and staff

The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity (NCK) (Sweden)

NCK is a Nordic-Baltic research and development centre, owned by museums and archives in the Nordic and Baltic countries. NCK aims to approach, better understand and enhance learning through heritage. We perceive cultural heritage as a valuable resource that can facilitate, among other things, the development of new competences and contribute towards a sustainable and inclusive society where learning is a lifelong process.
At NCK, we connect practice, policy, and research through securing successful funding of numerous national and international projects. We work with lifelong learning and conduct research, method and policy development in cooperation with cultural heritage institutions, universities and regions in the Nordic and Baltic countries and Europe. In addition to this, we arrange courses, conferences and workshops on a regular basis.
NCK is a place where the whole heritage sector can meet.

Associated Partners

  • CIOFS-FP (Italia)
  • MICC, Media Integration and Communication Center (Italia)
  • TROODOS Network of Thematic Centres (Cipro)
  • Region of Skåne (Svezia)
  • UESS, Université Européenne des Saveurs et des Senteurs (Francia)
  • Association Alpes Lumière (Francia)
  • CONSEIL DEPARTMENT DE LA SAVOIE, Direction des archives, du patrimonie et des Musées (Francia)
  • NEMO-Network of European Museum Organisations.
  • Karalius Mindaugas Vocational Training Centre (Lithuania)
  • Lithuanian Education History Museum (Lithuania)
  • Kėdainiai Vocational Training Centre (Lituania)