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Centro Studi Opera Don Calabria, Ferrara (Italy)

The Association “Centro Studi - Opera don Calabria” was founded in 1994 as a branch of the Congregazione Poveri Servi della Divina Provvidenza (Congregation of the Poor Servants of the Holy Providence). According to the law 40/1987, it was awarded as National Body for Vocational Training, and it is accredited in several Regions, like Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Sicily and Basilicata. Centro Studi has a national coordinating office in Verona and several branch offices: Ferrara, Termini Imerese (Pa), Lamezia Terme (Cz), Rome, Naples.

All these offices implemented both local, national, and transnational projects, by involving a wide net of partners, both institutions and private bodies for social activities.

Centro Studi is a non-profit, non-party, non-political association and it only has social and humanitarian aims. Centro Studi Opera Don Calabria hires more than 50 employees active in the different sectors of the Association, that also counts on specialized operators and trainers involved as external experts when necessary. Within the Association is also active a group of volunteers that help the process of social integration.

Centro Studi mainly works in the field of :
- training activities for young people, disabled, unemployed, workers, people with disabilities, immigrants, ex-prisoners;
- actions for social and job inclusion for preventing discrimination of any kind and helping social inclusion of disadvantage groups;
- planning and implementation of training and social projects, both national, European and transnational ones - central value of the person, whose dignity comes before everything;
- attention to the “last ones”, in order to give them equal opportunities for social inclusion.

In the last 2 years, Centro Studi Opera Don Calabria involved in training and inclusion activities more than 900 people with different kind of disadvantages.
Main interventions happens through:
- general vocational programmes in different professional fields (mechanics, administrative and sales)
- vocational interventions targeting specific target groups (people with congenital and acquired disabilities, refugees and immigrants, young people at risk of dropping out)
- supporting and couselling interventions to young people with different kind of disadvantages (also using alternative learning methodologies)
- analysis of abilities and skills of users using ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health)
- sheltered workshops and laboratories to supporting the acquisition of vocational skills for disadvantaged people
- working experiences