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Cometa Formazione scs
Cometa Formazione scs (Cometa)

UNEVOC Centre (Training provider) since 2018

Cometa Formazione is a Centre of Inclusive Excellence, a Laboratory of Innovation and Empathic Pedagogy. Its TVET provision (ISCED 3-5 levels) is characterized by an innovative learning approach for more than 600 young people (14-22 y.o.), including dropouts, NEETs and migrants.

Aiming at youth employability and entrepreneurship, Cometa Formazione developed the “School-Enterprise” approach, involving students in producing real products for the market in workshops open to the public (reality-based learning). The school-job integration boosts both the quality of numeracy and literacy kids learn, and the professional skills they need to acquire. Learning enterprises, in hospitality, wood and textile sectors, have been set up to facilitate a concrete training and to boost students’ professional and soft skills.

Social & Emotional Learning activities complete the training, thanks to personalized projects for the human development of the students.

Practice-based research and action-research are promoted for the quality-enhancement of the educational service and for the professional development and well-being of staff: the same teachers and educators are researchers of our internal Department Cometa Research, in collaboration with a network of Universities and research centres worldwide.


Cometa is a School-Enterprise to educate through reality and beauty. Its pedagogical approach of Inclusive Excellence provides learners with high quality professional skills, but carefully fostering their social and emotional skills: to this extent, the educational and training provision is based on individualized learning paths designed according to the cognitive patterns of each learner. Similarly, lesson planning is characterized by intentionality as it stems from observation of the students, delivering a specific education: contextualized, as it is referred to each specific student; systematic, as it proceeds day after day with consistent small steps; and flexible, as it is adaptive to changes.


  • To innovate TVET according to a new approach of “reality-based learning process”
  • To provide the students with crucial skills of (self-)entrepreneurship and personal resilience
  • To educate students to sustainability, promoting active citizenship, inclusive and positive attitude towards any difference (race, religion, gender), basics of circular economy, attention to environment
  • To support a strong personalization of training in order to minimize dropouts
  • To promote inclusive excellence, encouraging, by personalized training projects, the personal development of all the students notwithstanding any personal disability

Regular tasks

  • TVET programs and coaching for 14-19 y.o. kids in 3 different tracks: catering, carpentry and fashion.
  • Associate degree on hospitality management
  • Program for Early School Leavers and NEETs: 1- or 2-years programs based on a dual system approach
  • Training for migrants: 1 year program for literacy, numeracy and work-based training
  • Innovative high school program (Liceo Artigianale) based on a STEM approach
  • Practice-led research on innovation in education and training

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
  Secondary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
  Secondary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
  Secondary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
   Interested to learn
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
   Interested to learn
Equity of access in TVET
Interested to lead
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
  Moderately interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


Cometa Formazione scs (Cometa)
Via Madruzza, 36
22100 Como


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Alessandro Mele

UNEVOC Coordinator
Paolo Nardi
International Affairs & Research
Cometa Research

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16 May 2019
Better understanding School entrepreneurship approach
On May 16th, Cometa (UNEVOC Centre in Italy) hosted a seminar with Thulani Xhali, CEO at Stenden Hotel, a company that offers a great example of School-Enterprise approach. The seminar was an opportunity to discuss the main pillars of the pedagogical and organizational model, the pros and cons and the main challenges to tackle.
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