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.

It is a non-profit organization, representing in Italy the Salesians’ commitment towards the delivery of VET services and programs, particularly addressed to marginalized youth. Salesian Institutions are in 133 Countries; as VET providers they started their activities in 1870 and are currently active in 108 Countries, managing about 1845 technical and educational schools and VET Centres addressed to more than 1.215.000 beneficiaries, numbering them among the eldest, long-lasting, and widest network of training providers of the world. At the national level, the CNOS-FAP Federation operates in 16 Italian Regions with 60 Centres, coordinated by the National Office, active in the VET field mainly through:

  • Providing vocational guidance and counseling services for youth and adults.
  • Planning and delivering courses and modules in different fields, in the settings of initial and Higher Vocational Education and Training, and of adult education.
  • Designing and implementing continuous vocational training paths tailored to the needs of industries and of actors of the private sector.
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Nowadays, CNOS-FAP Federation is fully equipped and is available to enable vocational training for youth and adults in many sectors, with particular regard to the following areas:

  • Industrial engineering: machine tool operators (CNC), industrial mechanics, welding, carpentry, etc.
  • Civil and Industrial electrical and automation systems: plumbing, masonry, air conditioning and ventilation, civil electrician, maintenance and automation, etc.
  • Basic and advanced information technology
  • Company secretary and desk work
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia
  • Hotel and Hospitality
  • Car Mechanics
  • Energy

CNOS-FAP Federation as the lead applicant of the project and thanks to its experience and the support of a team of experts will actively endorse the development and enhancement of partners internationalization strategy. Moreover, the DBWAVE  project will contribute to fulfilling the CNOS-FAP mission, supporting us to increase the quality in our VET system and to intercept a greater number of youngsters, both through educational paths and through a more focused job placement.

The future EU VET network will help us to provide a bigger impact on our training modules and to promote the skills of our students and trainers. Together as a network we will promote quality training and professional integration for the most disadvantaged young people thanks to the Salesian approach and the preventive system of St. John Bosco and we endorse the Salesian approach according to whom employment and social inclusion are keys for vulnerable youth holistic development.


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