1 – FONDAZIONE HALLGARTEN-FRANCHETTI CENTRO STUDI VILLA MONTESCA – Città di Castello (PG), ITALY

Fondazione Centro Studi Villa Montesca is an education vocational training centre. It develops innovative cultural and educative initiatives and offers a broad spectrum of multi-disciplinary research expertise and training activities, closely linked to the dynamics of a European space for professional training, education, cultural and local development.
The Centro Studi offers post-secondary education, postgraduate and professional updating innovative courses aimed for the European labour market which prepare specialised profiles in the fields of Communication and New Media, Energy and Environment, Cultural Heritage, etc. Special care has been taken in designing courses for Higher Education, teacher training and Adult Education all based on the LifeLong Learning (LLL) method and the academic legacy of the Centro Studi.
The Centre has an international reputation for excellence in research and training on local, regional and European level in: management, training for trainers, ICT, development of web platforms and IT tools addressed to the education, cultural development, the job, business and employment sectors. Centro Studi has a key role in the field of education and culture, in the national management of interdisciplinary research and training; in the field of international research and vocational training, especially because the Centre has established a school and University networks and has advanced partnerships with many institutions to promote and implement European and international projects.

2 – ASSOCIAZIONE FRA GLI ARTIGIANI PROVINCIA DI PERUGIA (CONFARTI) – Perugia, ITALY

Confartigianato Imprese Perugia is an autonomous organization, founded on the principle of free adhesion and open to all geographic, sectoral and cultural components of the craft and small enterprises entrepreneurship. In Confartigianato the enterprises find information, representation of public interests, relationship with the negotiating counterparts and with the institutions.
Constituted in 1977, Confartigianato Imprese Perugia today represents more than 5.500 companies and entrepreneurs from 12 federations, 74 trade groups.
With its local offices and professional assets of more than 50 collaborators, Confartigianato Imprese Perugia also represent a partner for companies for setting ups, competition and growth in a constantly evolving martket thanks to an integrated and customized services system.
In terms of business culture, market development, research and innovation, Confartigianato Imprese Perugia is an active part of a wide network of public and private institutions at the local level and, of course, national and international.
Confartigianato also promotes and accompanies the organizational and aggregation processes, projecting the productive system towards new development opportunities set by market developments.

3 – ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA EDITORI (AIE) – Milano, ITALY

Founded in 1869 The AIE (Italian Publishers Association) became member of the association that nowadays is IPA (the International Publishers Association) and in 1967 it was one of the founders of the Federation of European Publishers. AIE counts around 385 members, which represent around 95% of the total national book production.
AIE is the trade association for Italian and foreign publishers operating in Italy or publishing books, magazines and digital products in Italian.  AIE covers the more traditional activities related to the representation of the interests of Italian publishers with a wide range of services provided to the publishing world. These services include market surveys, particularly on digital publishing; management of databases; participation in national and international book-fairs; publications (the Giornale della Libreria, the Italian leader book-trade magazine, a book series, a monthly newsletter and a website). Through its service company, EDISER, AIE provides to publishing professionals training courses, seminars, and hoc courses; in the period 2010-2015 around 177 training courses were provided for 2.000 participants. It organises since 2008 Editech, and yearly international two-days meeting on publishing, innovation and technology and is partner with the University of Milan for the Master course in Publishing. AIE is member of APTOE (Association of Publishers Training Organisations in Europe).

4 – GIUNTI O.S. ORGANIZZAZIONI SPECIALI S.r.L. – Florence, ITALY

Founded in Florence in 1950, Giunti O.S. Organizzazioni Speciali is the Italian leading publisher of psychodiagnostic tests and tools, in terms of catalogue, history and specific market. Giunti O.S. have an own training department and is a VET accredited by the Tuscany region It operates in the sector of psychological assessment, vocational education and training, multimedia and e-learning, consulting and assessment of competencies, developing tools and innovative methods for different areas of application, such as:
– clinical: clinical and health psychology, psychiatry and child neuropsychiatry,  neuropsychology, logopedics etc
– human resources management: industrial and organisational psychology
– education and guidance: tests for level assessment, diagnosis of learning difficulties, educational, professional and university guidance.
The commitment of Giunti O.S. is to offer tools and services of a really high quality, in terms of innovation, scientific contents and relevance, according to the different social and cultural contexts. In particular Giunti O.S. can provides education and training, e-learning, consulting in the IT and e-learning field, assessement of competencies, selection and guidance.

5 – CENTRO STUDI E INIZIATIVE EUROPEO (CESIE) – Palermo, ITALY

CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives – is accredited by the Region of Sicily for Orientation of Vocational Education and Training, with macro-typology of Higher Education and lifelong learning (LLL) for “development, introduction and implementation of reforms in education and training to increase integration and develop employability”. CESIE is a non-profit, apolitical, and secular non-governmental organisation that was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). CESIE works in promotion of community development through capacity building and empowerment of individuals through educational and cultural initiatives with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. The objectives of CESIE are the following:
– To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities;
– To promote sustainable development of neighbouring regions and beyond through training and education;
– To foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research;
– To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors;
– To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods.

6 – THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION – London, UK

The Publishers Association is the leading representative voice for books, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. We have over 100 companies in membership who publish academic journals, text books for higher, secondary and primary education, fiction, non-fiction, children’s and learning resources. The combined revenues of our membership are £ 4.3 billion, 35% of which are earned through digital. The Publishers Association role is to support publishers in their political, media and industry stakeholder communications. We work with partners including Independent Publishers Guild, The Bookseller, Creative Skillset, London Book Fair and others to further our representation of the UK publishing industry. Part of this work involves improving the skillset of those working in publishing, by offering information on the jobs available, links to training organisations such as PTC, TVET and SFEP. We visit universities and schools to tell young people about the opportunities available in publishing, and to encourage a wider range of applicants to the publishing industry. We also campaign to improve equality in publishing, through the EQUIP network, which we run with the IPG, and a coalition of partners for greater diversity in the publishing industry.

7 – CAPACITY LONDON – London, UK

Capacity London (CL) is a training provider focusing on vocational training programmes and the delivery of organisational development and capacity building support for community groups and voluntary sector organisations. It is specialised in teaching within small group settings or on a one-to-one basis and our services are targeted at people who are disadvantaged within the education system or labour market for a variety of reasons. Capacity London is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. CL offers City and Guilds accredited qualifications in Digital Media, Creative Industries, Literacy, Numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Information Communication and Technology for both young people and adults and we embed ‘soft’ skills and personal development within all of our training programmes. It also offers volunteering placements with employers linked to sectors relevant to CL vocational courses, as well as opportunities for learners to work alongside CL tutors as learning assistants or helping to support the community events that CL organises.

8 – POEV – Athens, GREECE

The Greek Federation of Publishers and Booksellers was founded in the year 1961 during a very agitated period, by people with vision and faith. That was the time when both publishers and booksellers were setting off to bring the book and the habit of free reading back to the Greek society. It represents organizations and associations from all over the country. The Federation has been a member of International Publishers Association, IPA since 1983, of Federation of European Publishers, FEP since 1987 and European Booksellers Federation, EBF since 1990. The main objective of the Federation was to preserve and promote the interests of the professions related to the book industry and the book and reading itself therefore was the organizing authority under the Ministry of Culture, of the participation in International book-fairs all over the world. The Greek presence in Frankfurt book-fair numbers over 32 years of POEV participation. Among the numerous activities there is the organization of the three nationwide and one international convention, 16 central book-fairs. The Federation for the first time created the digital book science bulleting that later on evolved to the website “Biblionet” the digital bibliography bank. POEV organizes the Greek booksellers conference for 12 years at the International Book Fair of Salonica. The economic recession forces the members and the Federation in many changes but the struggle for the book promotion is still on.

9 – EUROTRAINING  EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION – Athens, GREECE

EUROTraining is a Vocational Training Center that aims to satisfy the needs of enterprises, bodies & organizations in both public and private sector. ?UROTraining addresses the labor potential of the market who wants to upgrade their qualifications and abilities. These are: unemployed people, incoming employed people in the labor market, new entrepreneurs, employees, disabled people, enterprises officers, graduates of high schools and Universities. Key Activities are modern vocational training programs (blending learning using ICT), web-based Learning Management Systems, human resources training seminars, Inter- entrepreneurship training seminars. ?UROTraining holds 3 affiliations with 5 teaching classrooms in three main cities in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Volos), 6 IT Laboratories, specialized equipment for disabled people, Libraries with Internet access, Child care facilities, evaluation system of training tasks (ARGUS ERP).

10 – EOPPEP NATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR CERTIFICATION & VOCATIONAL GU – Nea Ionia Attiki, GREECE

EOPPEP is the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance, an all-encompassing statutory body investing on better quality and more efficient & reliable lifelong learning services in Greece.  EOPPEP’s mission is geared towards linking VET with labour market needs, upgrading people’s occupational qualifications, reinforcing their employment perspectives and strengthening social cohesion. It corresponds to the pressing need of creating and maintaining a holistic and interrelated policy framework for the development of lifelong learning and certification of qualifications in Greece, linking with the open market and responding to the needs of the citizens, a central issue in EU policy. EOPPEP was one of the first organizations of the broad public sector in Greece Certified for Excellence, according to the internationally recognised EFQM Excellence Model (The European Foundation of Quality Management). In particular, EOPPEP was certified for the 1st Level of EFQM Committed to Excellence recognition in 2013. More specifically, EOPPEP develops the regulatory framework for the certification of qualifications, the learning outcomes of non-formal and informal learning, in response to labour market needs and priorities and in liaison with nationally accredited inputs (by EOPPEP), i.e. training providers, trainers, occupational profiles and training curricula standards. Furthermore, EOPPEP is the National EUROPASS Centre for Greece since 2005. It provides support on Europass CV and coordinates Europass documents in Greece, aiming at the promotion of transparency of professional qualifications and skills, as well as mobility in Europe for educational and/or professional purposes.

11 – CEPYME CONFEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE LA PEQUEÑA Y MEDIANA EMPRESA– Madrid, SPAIN

CEPYME is the most important employers association in SPAIN – with CEOE – that represents the interests of self-employers and SMSEs in different matters or affairs (labour risk, Social Security, right and obligations of employers, collective bargaining, law project, etc.). The Confederation is integrated of 56 Territorial Federations and 51 Sectorial Federations. In 2014 there were two million, five hundred thousand companies represented by CEPYME. The Asociación Española de Editoriales de Publicaciones Periódicas, AEEPP  is associated which CEPYME. They operate throughout the Spanish territory through its delegations and forward-looking in the world through its partners and other international organizations to which it belongs. They form a hundred groups and publishing companies that publish more than 900 headers, covering all issues and sectors (professional overview, specialized) of all periodicities (daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, annual) and in all channels and media (print, digital, free and paid), with joint runs in excess of 500 million units / year and an estimated 125 million readers a month in the print media and audience over two million unique visitors a day in the media ‘on line’. Editors AEEPP employ 2.400 professionals. In 1993, CEPYME created the “Instituto Superior de Estudios Empresariales (ISEE)” (Higher Institute of Business Studies), to promote Education and Continuous Learning within the companies. In 2012 it was renamed the ISEE for CEOE-CEPYME Formación, initiated a new direction in line with the social and economic changes. CEPYME Formación has a team with proven expertise and professionalism. The office located in Madrid is over 1.500 square meters used for training and providing the most advanced technical means (all classrooms are computerized, Network and Internet connection). Also, our daily work is subject to strict quality controls.

12 – CONFEDERACION ESPANOLA DE CENTROS DE ENSENANZA ASOCIACION C.E. – Madrid, SPAIN

The Spanish Confederation of Education and Training Centers (CECE) is a VET network representing a wide educational sector in Spain from nursery school to university level. It has more than 2.000 Education and training centers among its members. CECE institutional roles are: the management of updating for educational agreements; the negotiation of the collective agreements for this sector; the representation of this sector in the collegiate boards with educational participation; institutional presence in the Spanish Employers Organization (CEOE) and in some international organizations in which it takes an active role as well as the relationship and contacts with Education Public Authorities. CECE is member of the international organizations: EFVET (European Forum for Technical and Vocational Education and Training), ESHA (European School Headmaster Association) and ECNAIS (European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools). CECE gives support to his members in 5 areas:
•    organization of LLL courses for teachers;
•    implementation of technological innovation in its members;
•    internationalization of the members;
•    Assistance in the implementation of the EFQM Excellence Model in its member institutions;
•    Legal consultancy for the member institutions.
CECE´s educational profile has widened with the constitution of its Foundation (Fundación Ángel Martínez Fuertes) in 1996 that centres its activities on social inclusion through training of unemployed persons, persons over 45, women, disabled persons and immigrants.

13 – FEDERATION DES EDITEURS EUROPEENS FEE ASBL – Bruxelles, BELGIUM

FEP is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association representing 28 national associations of book publishers of the EU and of the European Economic Area. FEP is therefore the voice of the great majority of publishers in Europe. FEP deals with European legislation and advises publishers’ associations on copyright and other legislative issues; it acts on behalf of its members in discussions and negotiations with the Institutions of the European Union particularly concerning legislation, regulation and taxation. FEP works in close collaboration with the EU Institutions to ensure that high quality European content is available to European consumers. FEP encourages the Institutions to implement positive policies for European publishing, to promote the competitiveness of European publishing and to underpin European educational standards and Europe’s cultural identity by ensuring the widest availability of books. FEP has been involved in a number of European projects focused on collaboration and innovation in the book sector, including the ARROW project under the eContentPlus Programme and its follow-up ARROW Plus under the ICT-PSP, as well as the TISP Thematic Network (also under the ICT-PSP); it has extensive experience in networking, in particular within the publishing sector and those related to it. FEP is also part of the European Network Association, and is member of several cultural platforms. FEP has experience in the dissemination of the projects objectives, progress and results among its members, 28 national book publisher associations across the EU and the EEA, with the potential to reach out to the large majority of publishers in Europe.