Italy - A national scheme for work-based learning

CIOFS-FP is a national, non profit VET provider which represents 13 Regional Associations and 61 vocational training centers. Its quality management system uses ISO 9001 Standards to design the provision of training and guidance services. CIOFS-FP is particularly focused on initial vocational training; lifelong learning including work-based training; and personal development. Each of the Regional Associations has also been accredited by a Regional Authority which is responsible for planning vocational training in line with a set of national principles.

In 2012 CIOFS-FP provided 738 VET courses or other activities for 16,611 students - 90% of which were financed by public authorities. Students are required to complete work experience work in order to develop their personal skills, and make a contribution to the civic and economic development of society. Students are expected to learn how to make the best use of their own competences; participate in planning their work experience; and establish contacts with local, national and European employers. Internships, which form an integral part of each training pathway, are used to connect students to the job market and local companies.

All students on initial VET courses completer an internship in one of the enterprises in the CIOFS-FP database. The duration of an internship depends on the year of study and lasts from 180 to 210 hours per year. The internship is managed using the following process:

  • the enterprise database is kept up-to-date and new employers added when an internship starts;
  • the database includes a profile of each student participating in the internship project. (summary of personal skills, knowledge and abilities);
  • a written internship agreement is produced;
  • each student is assigned an individual internship project with agreed objectives, required tasks, time and skills to develop and/or improve;
  • tutors from the VET provider and the enterprise monitor students and evaluate their experiences during and at the end of the internship by the two tutors;
  • a joint report is drafted by the enterprise and VET provider staff.

This initial VET case study focuses on work-based aspects of training.

This case study demonstrates the following Building Blocks:


This case study will need to be linked to the following EQAVET indicators:

This case study shows the following EQAVET indicative descriptors (at system and provider level) are being met:

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CITY:   The national headquarters are in Rome. There are 61 VET providers located throughout Italy.

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