EUROPEAN PROJECT “ILA-LEAN Innovative Learning Approaches for Implementation of Lean Thinking to Enhance Office and Knowledge Work Productivity”


 ILA LEAN Official project website:

The ILA-LEAN project aims at developing didactic materials to improve knowledge concerning the implementation of Lean Thinking in the workplace. Most companies are aware of Lean Thinking, but it is generally usually only in practice in the production area. Many companies, however, have realised that there is much waste in other areas of the company such as in offices, therefore the knowledge and identification and thus elimination of waste would also be beneficial in these areas. 

Objectives of the project are:

• Increase the cooperation among educational institutions and enterprises in EU for better employability

• Increase the synergic use of up-to-date technologies, in an integrated way, with a team work approach and personal development

• Improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning of vocational contents on lean in Office and Knowledge of how it works and the workplace

• Increase the opportunity for distance learning

• Upgrade and innovate existing training tools.

Countries involved: Italy, Poland, Norway, Portugal, Finland.

ILA-LEAN project takes into account the results of LEAN (2015-2017), a project guided by Centoform about Lean Thinking in manufacturing sector.

More info about LEAN project:

The kick-off meeting of ILA-LEAN project has been organized by Centoform on 20-21 October 2016. Here some pictures taken during the meeting.


Erasmus+ project CoTraiN - “Collaborative Training Networks” on Apprenticeship and Dual Systems approved

logo cotrainThe Erasmus+ Belgium National Agency approved the project proposal named “CoTraiN – Create Collaborative Training Networks” involving Centoform VET Centre as Italian partner in a European consortium together with Belgium, Germany and Austria. The CEPAG (Belgium) will coordinate German (inab) and Austrian (öibf) partners which will coach Italian (Centoform) and Belgian partners (IFAPME and CEFA) building collaborative training pilot projects. We are all participating in the development of the system in our countries.  Training agencies, trade unions and enterprises will collaborate for the next three years from September 2016 to create innovative actions related to in-company trainingInnovative and experimental activities of trainees and apprenticeships rotation between companies will be displayed in a European framework for sharing practices and exchanges of information aimed at increasing youth employment, improving the knowledge and skills of future workers and to increase openness and competitiveness of European enterprises towards forms of Dual-system training, from compulsory schooling and throughout the whole learning cycle.

Several countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) have developed efficient alternative and complementary models by implementing collaborative trainings. A collaborative training means that a company provides vocational training together with one or more firm(s).

The project, formally supported by our Emilia Romagna County, will provide for the creation of guide lines and methodology for businesses, training institutions, schools, governmental agencies, and the impact on four European nations involved starting from the Dual system models of Germany and Austria, countries of European inspiration for work-based learning practices. Simultaneously international and regional meetings will be organized in order to sensitize the business community, schools, young people on project opportunities and competitive advantages for our companies in support of school-work based pathways.

In Italy we will focus on learners attending post-secondary VET training courses (namely ITS, IFTS in Italy) on mechanical subjects. The testing region, Emilia Romagna, northern Italy is characterized by a technical backbone made of mechanical industries (packaging, engines, metal work, mechanical engineering) representing the main employment sector.

We have been conceiving and discussing with local companies and our Regional VET authority 4 kind of Collaborative training Networks (CTNs) applied to different post-secondary EQF levels (18-30 years old), in order to choose the most significant and sustainable for the testing phase since September 2017 up to 2018. Another CTN under discussion might be on under 17 years old vocational learners. The Regional VET Authority, pushed by innovation brought by CoTraiN principles, agreed on experimenting a CTN on the IVth and last year of compulsory regional vocational training named IeFP for students aged 17 years old. In order to experiment the rotation of students in companies a second regional VET centre, owned by public authorities, and delivering IeFP courses from 15 to 17 years old will be involved, on own contributions, thanks to the regional authority support.

Project results will be disseminated during project implementation at local and European level and within the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, being Centoform an official member.

Link to project webpage:

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Centoform VET Centre is currently involved as lead partner in other 4 Erasmus+ projects, 2 as leader and 2 as partner.

Cedefop Magazine - May 2017: CoTrain Article

European Skills Week December 2016 – Vocational Skills Bus

Centoform  as Vocational Education and training center joined to the 1st EU skills week organized by the European Commission for guiding youth learners in choosing the right vocational paths for their future.

Together with Cento local municipality, schools and a local Youth Association a series of initiatives were organized involving students, families and companies, opening their doors for guiding youngsters to the right vocational choice.

Vocational skills Bus was a two months’ programme of seminars, open doors and visits in companies through non formal activities (Bus) for parents and students. Main aim: To get informed on the right vocational choice connected to right skills for future employability.

Some figures: More than 250 students, more than 100 parents and 50 professors involved. 6 companies opened their doors (large companies, SMEs) telling to students what specific skills they will look for in the future and what transversal skills are searched in winning candidates.

The Vocational Skills Bus will be transferred as good practice in 2017 through an Erasmus KA2 Action under construction with partners from Poland, Romania, Spain, Norway.

More information:

Some pictures of the activities in Cento.



This picture was chosen by the Commision for representing Vocational Skills Week 2017

EUROPEAN PROJECT “BIM4PLACEMENT European key competences in building and construction”


BIM project is a capacity building project in the area of VET education, promoting cooperation and partnerships among 6 organizations (VET provider, Regional Authority, 2 universities, private company, European Association) and providing new methods for delivering training addressed to a variety of target groups.

Countries involved: Italy, Finland, Norway + one partner active all over Europe.

The project general aim is to deepen knowledge about Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a skills' development training subject for employability goals, upgrading existing training tools and professional qualifications and creating a network to promote work-based learning with special attention to apprenticeship.

BIM can be defined as a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. BIM softwares are used to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain many kinds of buildings and infrastructures. In Europe BIM is becoming more and more studied in VET schools, VET courses and university courses and applied in companies. It is becoming a new specialization with a high rate of employability.

In Italy this methodology is not jet sufficiently known and spread, while in other EU countries, especially in northern Europe, BIM is already very well know and used: Finland  is one of the earliest adopters of BIM, and it has been for years at the forefront of Building Information Modelling; in other northern european countries like Norway BIM research and development goes back to more than twenty years ago, and nowadays it’s one of the leading Countries using BIM with one of the European highest implementation of BIM among architects and installators.

Considering the lack of homogeneous tools validated at European level for training in BIM, this project has the aim of building a bridge between Northern Europe and Southern Europe: Italy will have the opportunity to learn from the European best experiences and consequently update the professional qualification related to building and construction design, while Finland and Norway will have the opportunity to enlarge their international BIM-related network of institution and companies and update their knowledge from mutual exchange of best practices. All together partners will create an innovative tool for training beginners in BIM in a wide range of training environments: high school, VET center, university and companies.

More information:

The kick-off meeting of BIM project has been organized by Centoform in November 2016. Here some pictures taken during the meeting.

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EUROPEAN PROJECT “How to give the students skills and means on their way to the European labour market - GISWELM”


GISWELM project is a Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices project in the area of VET education, promoting partnership among 5 organizations (4 VET providers and 1 chamber of commerce) and providing new methods for delivering career guidance addressed to students (16-18 years old).

Countries involved: Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark.

Main goal of the project “GISWELM” is to increase the employability and career perspectives of our students on EU-level by encouraging students to look for employment in economically thriving areas. In order to do so we want to improve their cultural knowledge and awareness to meet the requirements of possible future employers.

The project will lead to more qualified and confident future job-seekers, it will increase cultural knowledge among all involved parties and hopefully make local employers aware of the many opportunities in hiring also foreign students and  job-seekers in the future.

The project will put the cultural theories and models of Richard Gesteland into a contemporary setting, enlightening the synergies between culture and employability. Concrete evaluation criteria will be developed regarding employers’ needs and what the young must do to become more attractive at the European work market. Participants (students, teachers, companies) will become aware of the importance of cultural knowledge in the process of finding employment.

More information:

In Spanish:

The kick-off meeting of GISWELM project has been organized by IES Valle de Elda (Spain) in October 2016. Here a picture taken during the meeting.


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Cento Lean Lab    c/o Istituto ISIT Bassi-Burgatti di Cento


Produzione snella e miglioramento continuo

Centoform ha contribuito significativamente alla creazione del CENTO LEAN LAB, laboratorio dedicato alle tecniche di Lean Production. Hanno collaborato alla realizzazione del progetto VM MOTORI Spa, ISIT Bassi-Burgatti, Università di Ferrara e Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cento con l’obiettivo di dotare la scuola e il territorio di un laboratorio che avvicini studenti e lavoratori alla gestione dei processi produttivi con metodologia lean.


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