The CNOS-FAP Federation, National Centre of Salesian Institutions – Vocational Training and Updating, is an Italian association founded on December 9th, 1977. It coordinates the Italian Salesian VET Centres who provide a public service in vocational guidance, initial, higher, and continuous vocational education and training, following the educational methodology of St. John Bosco.

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VIS – Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS – Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo (International Volunteering for Development) is a non-governmental organisation that deals with development cooperation and international solidarity: VIS is also an educational agency that promotes and organises awareness-raising, education and training activities for development and global citizenship.

The association, founded in 1986 by the Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane (CNOS), is inspired by the message of St. John Bosco and his preventive education system. It operates in 40 countries around the world, in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. “Together, for a possible world” indicates the intention to network in Italy, Europe and the rest of the world to improve the living conditions of girls, boys, young people in vulnerable conditions and their communities, in the belief that through education and training we can fight the root causes of extreme poverty. VIS has the special status of a consultative body recognised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

It is accredited by ECHO, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. It is also part of an international network of Salesian-inspired NGOs, the Don Bosco Network (DBN), as well as numerous other national and international networks working in the field of cooperation.



CNOS/Scuola is a non-recognised Association, called Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane Scuola, established on 15 May 1995. Promoted by CNOS, a body with legal personality civilly recognised by Presidential Decree no. 1016 of 20 September 1967 and amended by Presidential Decree no. 294 of 2 May 1969, the Association coordinates the Salesians of Italy committed to promoting a service of public interest within the educational system of school education and training. The Association is non-profit organisation. The members of the Association are the Salesian institutions that run schools, the promoting body and the Associations/Federations promoted by CNOS. Today the Association is present in 18 regions and coordinates 50 schools.



SCS, is a non-profit organisation established in July 1993. It was desired and led by the Salesians of Italy as a civil instrument to support the pastoral dimension of educational distress and poverty. The association is made up of 88 organisations (ordinary members) diversified among ecclesiastical bodies, voluntary organisations, associations and social cooperatives throughout the country: 46 Residential Communities (family homes, housing communities and semi-autonomous communities); 30 Day Care Centres for minors and young people; 10 Reception Centres and accompaniment against addictions; 901 qualified operators; 102 Supporting Members who carry out educational activities mainly linked to Civil Service; 2983 volunteers who provide their service free of charge, having the young and most disadvantaged at heart.
To carry on Don Bosco’s work there are also many lay people who identify with his charism, making the “preventive system” approach their own.
Today SCS: coordinates, supports and promotes the activities of its members working in the area of voluntary work, disadvantage and youth marginalisation; networks and creates synergy between the peripheral levels and at the same time with the central structure; organises and coordinates the National Civil Service for the reception of young people in Salesian centres and activities; it plans and implements interventions in favour of minors and young people, in particular those who find themselves in conditions of marginalisation, hardship and social exclusion; it promotes and collaborates in advocacy actions in favour of minors and the last ones.

UNISER Soc. Coop. Onlus

UNISER is a social cooperative, born in Forlì, which has been working in the field of learning mobility since 1998. UNISER designs and organises turnkey experiences abroad for students from Italian and European schools and training institutions, turning Erasmus into the future companies and training systems. Amongst the various services offered, Uniser Soc. Coop. gives the opportunity to host trainees from EU contries in Italian companies in different sectors. Thanks to Uniser, thousands of young people every year work and train thousands of kilometres from home: they return enriched professionally, linguistically and culturally.

Associazione Emiliano Romagnola centri Autonomi- AECA

AECA associates 13 vocational training organizations in Emilia-Romagna, all promoted by Christian-inspired organizations with secular origins. AECA has been operating in Emilia-Romagna since 1973, proposing an educational project that combines the acquisition of professional skills with the development of the person’s potential: his or her character, attitudes, cultural openness. For almost fifty years, AECA has been committed to promoting training initiatives for the development of the individial, helping those belonging to weak or marginalized social groups to enter the labour market. In addition, the courses promoted by AECA centres enable those who have to deal with rapid changes in production processes to achieve and keep up-to-date their professionalism. The activities of AECA centres meet individual needs for guidance and support in entering the labour market. The direct connection with the regional productive world allows synergy that enables AECA to guarantee a complete and diversified educational proposal throughout the Emilia-Romagna region, in line with the demands of the labour market.

Centro Italiano Opere Femminili Salesiane – Formazione Professionale – CIOFS FP Lazio

CIOFS (Italian Centre for Salesian Women’s Works – Vocational Training), inspires its own educational proposal to the Educational Project of the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, recognising that young people have a central position in the educational process and favouring a model of integral, professional and human growth, which has always been attentive to the dialectic between the cultural and educational moment proper and the development of the different dimensions of intellectual, affective, social, political and religious education, as well as to the challenges coming from the civil world.

CIOFS, with its educational offer, responds to the new demand for preparation which has become, on the part of families, young people and weak groups, a search for a tool that can facilitate not only the first entry into the world of work but also processes of reconversion and professional mobility that enhance equal opportunities. The cultural training framework developed and proposed is in line with the times thanks to the use of appropriate structures, tools and methodologies and the use of constantly updated human resources. The areas of intervention are advanced services, services, crafts and tourism.

CIOFS cooperates with institutional and non-institutional partners, is present in the territory with six operational offices and pursues the following objectives:

  • Promote the integration or reintegration into employment of young people, adults, especially women, immigrants through initiatives of initial training, higher, continuous and permanent, guidance and accompaniment
  • To enhance the aptitudes, human and professional skills of young people and adults
  • Pursue the satisfaction of the recipients, beneficiaries and the financing client
  • Create conditions that favour the involvement and participation of the structure also in order to obtain a contribution for the improvement of the quality of the service
  • Identify and test quality standards of the training action
  • Implement an effective integration and interaction with the territory and the Agencies present in it
  • Develop social promotion activities with particular reference to the implementation of the principles of solidarity, active citizenship, equal opportunities and the fight against all forms of discrimination and disadvatage.

University of Verona

The University of Verona, through the CARVET (Centre for Action Research in Vocational Education and Training) of the human sciences department, brings together researchers and teachers who work or belong to the professional training system. It aims to carry out research, consultancy and training activities in the field of education and vocational training. The Centre is engaged in several European projects and it acts as a hub for advanced interdisciplinary research promoting dialogue between different methods, combining theoretical and empirical research. at an interdisciplinary level (psycology, education, philosophy, sociology, law).

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