CONFAO italia

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 Contact Person: Monica Pierucci, Project Manager

CONFAO – Consorzio Nazionale per la Formazione, l’Aggiornamento e l’Orientamento - is a National Consortium for Educational and Vocational Training, Up-grading and in-service training and Vocational Guidance, joining together many different Secondary Education institutions and Vocational Training centres throughout the National territory of Italy.

CONFAO was founded in 2007 with the aim of establishing a great circuit of innovative experimentation and supporting, even though with a local management approach, the national dimension of the educational system.

It collects a significantly representative part of the VET system and provides a strong support to the associated institutions in line with the changing environment of Secondary Education, since its role is to help them managing the challenging innovation and reform processes.

Specifically, CONFAO develops European, National and Local projects and initiatives aimed at:

  • Supporting the associated institutions in their commitment to raise the quality of human resources in the national VET System in order to face the challenges of lifelong learning, and therefore awareness raising about EU Strategies on Education and Training;
  • Training and updating VET Staff and Professionals, such as School managers, headmasters, teachers and trainers about different issues, such as: the effects of personalization and finalization of learning and, in particular, on the didactical planning of competences-based teaching with a laboratory approach; promotion of experimental initiatives concerning the organization of learning with attention to the different implementation formulas for alternation training between the theoretical and practical dimension and, more generally, between school and work;
  • Participation and involvement of the associated institutions in European research and mobility projects
  • Development of training tools and methodologies for entrepreneurial key competences in education and training
    CONFAO brings together in absolute prevalence Public Institutes of Upper Secondary Education (96%), with a limited presence of vocational training institutions (4%), whose distribution on the national territory is represented as follows: 24% in the North of Italy; 13% in the Center and 63% in the South and Islands. All the fields of studies of Secondary Education are represented in the consortium, from Tourism (12%), general education/Lyceums (12%), Commercial services (11%), Mechanics and Electronics (7%), to Buildings and Environment (7%), Health and Social services (6%), ICT and graphics, Chemistry, Handcrafts and Industry, Agriculture and rural development (3%), Fashion, etc..

CONFAO, has developed and activated some ICT tools, specifically:

  • A simulator of Training Enterprises (practice firms) to support the implementation experiences of alternation training in a simulated environment and to support the development of entrepreneurial skills (
  • An e-learning platform for the training and upgrading of educational staff (school managers, teachers, trainers and teaching staff) through which the associated members can access a rich library of  the tools, materials and training and / or refresher courses for specific subject areas such as, for example, training on safety, competence-based teaching, teaching laboratory, the organization of alternation training, etc ... (



AGREEMENT n° 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-04065 cod. CUP: G63D13000380006

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