CETEM is a non profit research and training centre born as an industry association in 1994 with the support of regional and national government, as well as the EU. It is located in the second biggest and most important furniture industrial region in Spain. CETEM is entirely devoted to supporting and promoting the furniture and wood industries though research, innovation and training. As an association of companies has around 120 members (most of them SMEs), with a broad range of activities covering all aspects of the manufacturing sectors of furniture, upholstery and woodworking machinery.
Most of these companies are in continuous search of ways to innovate their products through technology that increments its value; many even get actively involved in the development of R&D projects and in training activities. In April 2008 CETEM obtained UNE 166002: 2006 certificate in RTD and innovation management. Furthermore CETEM is recognized as Technological Innovation Centre (CIT Nº 83) and as Technology Transfer Office (TTO Nº 165)
The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is a trade association that has represented the interests of the British furniture industry for more than 60 years. The organization is run by members for members and the wider industry. Membership is open to manufacturing companies in all sectors including upholstery, cabinet, bathroom, kitchen, office, mattress & beds. The supply chain is also important to BFM and our associate members include suppliers, retailers and ancillary companies to the trade.
The BFM is also highly involved in Education and Training, with Jackie Bazeley (MD) being Chairperson of the Proskills Furniture Industry Board and trustee of Proskills. She also sits on the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Training and Education Group and the Board of the National School of Furniture. The BFM recognise that with the ageing workforce, the industry needs trained individuals for sustainability purposes. Therefore the organization is keen to support work in schools and promotes social inclusion.
Associazione Italiana Persone Down (AIPD) is an Italian nation-wide association of persons with Down syndrome and their families. It was officially established in Rome in 1979. AIPD is a non-profit making organisation The national headquarters are located in Rome, and 48 branches are spread out in the national territory. Our mission is: supporting people with Ds and their families, promoting studies on Ds and disseminating information, and supporting school mainstreaming, vocational training and job inclusion, independent living Our main activities are: providing families, professionals and general public with information and advice on all aspects of Down Syndrome, promoting and encouraging the full social and job inclusion of people with Down Syndrome on a national level, providing education/training services regarding independent living and vocational training at local level, disseminating information on Down Syndrome through the publication of specific articles, pamphlets, folders, TV programs, as well as through the AIPD Down Syndrome magazine and a specialized library and promoting awareness raising campaigns.
The Association Study Center City of Foligno (www.cstudifoligno.it) is a training agency active since 2000 within the Municipality of Foligno.
The Association is a no-profit public organization funded by the Municipality of Foligno, the Province of Perugia, the Umbria Region, the University of Perugia and the local bank Fundation.
We have worked with and for different target groups, always starting from the assumption that an high-quality education and training are fundamental to the individual’s fulfilment.
From our perspective, “Education for all” deals with the realization of training courses and other formative interventions addressed to disadvantaged groups. Unemployment, handicap, gender and racial discrimination, from one side, have been dismantled with adaptability, guidance and social inclusion, from the other side.
Our main activity is the constant research of local, national and community funds, for two main reasons:
1) Answer of needs and problems of people who live in Foligno and in the surrounded areas
2) Connect people with a wider educational and working context, with the aim to foster an intercultural dialogue for people’s development. We constantly try to deepen a real transnational cooperation in the field of adult education, increasing awareness of European cooperation and opportunities and supporting young adults to find their role in the everyday life.