Forma Camera, once called Istituto Romano per la Formazione Imprenditoriale, the job employment training agency of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization based on principles of efficiency and transparency. It fulfils its institutional obligations in compliance a mandate granted by the Chamber of Commerce.
The agency’s mission is to research, consult, organize and deliver vocational training activities.
Forma Camera is supervised by an auditing board appointed by the Ministry for Productive Activities, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Lazio Region.
Forma Camera holds the following certifications:
Forma Cameraworks closely with national and international institutions, universities and research centers, as well as with the offices of the Rome Chamber of Commerce in Brussels.
Forma Camera’s partnerships with numerous institutional agencies include: Ministries, the Municipalities of Rome and , the Lazio Region, numerous Italian and foreign Chambers of Commerce, Universities. The Institute also partnerships with professional associations and has developed projects for numerous companies of all sizes.
Forma Camera is also operationally connected to Retecamere, the agency linking all local Italian Chambers of Commerce.
Forma Camera’s institutional mandate is that of promoting both training activities traditionally carried out by the Chambers of Commerce (courses for Estate Agents, Sales Representatives, Brokerage Agents, Financial Advisors) and activities aimed at new and emerging sectors of the market. Particular attention is given to the creation of co-financed training projects which facilitate young people’s entry into the labour market by providing participants with cost free training. Considerable importance is also given to training activities organised in partnership with professional associations.
Since 1991, the year in which it was established, Forma Camera has developed over 1,200 courses, provided more than 169,000 training hours and trained around 26,200 students.
From its beginning in 1991 until 1999 IRFI dealt only with traditional training institutional activities. After 1999, however, the company strategy focused on new typologies of training activities among which are the following:
Vocational Master in International Business Communication
In 2001 IRFI presents the first edition of its highly successful Vocational Master in International Business Communication. The course, which is taught entirely in English, aims at training young professionals to deal effectively with professional communication in both national and, above all, international business situations. The focus is on the development of spoken communication skills such as negotiation skills, presentations, critical thinking, as well as written communication in the areas of business correspondence, reports, and proposals.
Editions produced to date: 7, some of which offer student the possibility internship with selected companies.
At the beginning of 2003 the first edition of Master QSA is introduced. This full-time course in Quality Management Systems lasts 10 months with 6 months of in-company project work included and is aimed at recently graduated university students. The Master trains the participants in the methodologies and competences necessary for the creation and the maintenance of Quality Management Systems. It includes 3 courses for Appraisers (Quality Management Systems, Environment Management Systems, and Safety Management Systems) with the Italian BVQI certification.
Editions produced to date: 7, all of which include periods of internship in selected companies.
Between 2005 and 2006 IRFI’s Quality Management training program is expanded with the addition of two new training activities.
The first, the vocational Master in Quality Management (MQM) is developed by IRFI in collaboration with the Bureau Veritas Quality International Italia. The course aims at training professionals to operate in a well-consolidated and resource demanding market. After completing this Master, various career possibilities are open to course participants: they can either find employment by companies offering their expertise, or, if they so prefer, can become independent consultants, or Appraisers for Certification Agencies. The Master ends with a 40 hour course for Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor, certified by an internationally recognised accreditation agency.
The second training activity, created to satisfy the demand for experts in quality production and manufacturing in the field of industrial agronomy, is the Master for Managers in Food Quality and Safety. The course aims at creating professionals in food production process management and was developed in collaboration with ARM (Azienda Romana Mercati), the Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome for the promotion and improvement of industrial agronomy and the BVQI.
The Master also ends with a 40 hour course in Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor certified by an internationally recognised accreditation agency.
Editions produced to date: 2, all of them including stage.
Launched in November 2007, this Master is developed in collaboration with Domus Academy and aims at creating highly qualified professionals able to envisage, create, and organise large cultural events.
The Master consists of three areas: Humanities, Management and Economics, and Technology. Central to this training project is the idea of “Design”, both as traditionally understood (Design History, Strategic Design), and, as innovation (Interaction, Scenario and Service Design).
Editions produced to date: 2, both including internship with selected companies.
In 2003 IRFI launches the first edition of “Fare Impresa”. The course is aimed both at people interested in setting up their own business, and at those wishing to improve their skills or the performance quality of already existing companies. The course consists of a series of short modules focussing on the basic rules and guidelines underlying successful entrepreneurship. In 2006 IRFI launches the second edition of “Fare Impresa”, in collaboration with Seniores Italia, the largest Italian non-profit international organization for volunteer professionals. As result of this partnership all the course lecturers are experts in their respective fields as well as entrepreneurs and managers who bring their own ”real life” experiences to the seminars.
In 2010 a third edition, consisting of 13 seminars, was prepared in collaboration with Banca di Credito Cooperativo and Ass.For.SEO.
Editions produced to date: 3
In 2005 and 2006 two training projects are financed from within the European Social Fund. The first deals with the drawing up of business plans and the essential competencies necessary for the management of non-profit organizations. The second project, which places particular attention on teaching legal, fiscal, and managerial skills and knowledge, aims at teaching immigrant women the necessary professional competences for the creation and management of non-profit organizations.
In 2003 IRFI launches a series of updating seminars dealing with International Trading. These seminars aim at giving companies dealing abroad incisive and practical support in coping with complex and constantly evolving situations. The main fields covered by the seminars are: Trade within the EU, Taxation, Transport systems, Payments, Contracts, Marketing and Customs.
Editions produced to date: 4
In 2009 IRFI enhances its training catalogue with a course aimed at training Credit Brokers. The course is directed, at both people who want to become credit brokers, and those already working in this field and who feel the needed to update their competencies.
In May 2010 a second edition is offered.
In 2009 IRFI organizes courses in English, Spanish and Informatics for the Special Agencies of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome. A second edition of the course is offered in 2010.
At the end of 2003, after obtaining the Cisco Local Academy qualification, IRFI successfully launches the first edition of the Cisco Certified Network Associate by Cisco Networking Academy Program, a training course known worldwide as the standard for excellence in the field of Networking.
Editions produced to date: 7
Using easily understandable flexible technologies, IRFI startes its e-learning internet site, www.irfionline.it in October 2004. The aim is to reach new target groups by offering a blended-learning training model. The first training activity designed for this new model is the “Financial Advisors – Online Edition”. This course is the online edition of the Institute’s training course for Financial Advisors which aims at helping learners to pass the Consob exam and the subsequent enrolment in the National Register.
From 2003 to 2008 IRFI hosts exams for the ECDL – European Computer Driving Licence.
In 2005 and 2006 IRFI, in collaboration with IsIAO (Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient), launches three biennial “Language and Business” courses: “Chinese Language and Business”, “Arabic Language and Business” and “Turkish Language and Business”. These three courses, each lasting 300 training hours p.a., train professionals in essential communication skills, in understanding different professional environments, and in the use of cultural tools necessary to maintain commercial relationships with other countries.
Editions produced to date:
In addition, IRFI is among the sponsors of the first substantial Chinese-Italian dictionary, realized with a decennial work by IsIAO.
In 2000 IRFI received € 4,131,655 in public financing from the Lazio Region and the Ministry of Labour to organize training courses with internships for young unemployed people, and for managing the Project “Quality in handicraft and commercial services”. As a result 1,850 employees and entrepreneurs are trained.
In 2001, within the European Social Fund Operative Program, “Obiettivo 3”, projects by IRFI for a value of € 7,473,691 are approved. In particular, IRFI sets up the project “Job Network Agency for Women” for a total value of € 4,334,838. The project is the result of an idea developed by IRFI in collaboration with G.Reiss Romoli School (group Telecom Italia) and aimed at creating a “virtual agency” for women living in Lazio. The specific focus is on women interested in improving their professional competencies within the field of the new/net economy. Access to the project is through the Internet site of the Project “Leionline.net”.
In 2002 IRFI presents projects under both the Lazio Region Operative Program of the European Social Fund’s, and the ICT sector (Ministry of Communication) to a value of € 4,903,153.
Developed in 2003-2004, this project aims at developing learning paths and models which incorporate alternating school/on-the-job learning strategies. The project aims at creating stable links between formal schooling and local business realities.
Financed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies with funds from within the European Social Fund, IRFI carried out the Kometa Project in collaboration with AsseforCamere. From 2003 to 2004. Kometa seeks to research and analyse the continuous training needs of employees working for small businesses in which IT can offer optimal solutions.
In 2004, given its significant experience in developing and managing training initiatives, the Province of Rome entrusts IRFI with the planning and coordination of the operational and economical activities of the Project A.L.A. (Avviamento al Lavoro in Azienda – Starting Work in a Business). The Project, promoted by the Labour Department of the Province of Rome, aims at bridging the gap between company occupational requirements on the one hand, and the employable skills available on the other. On the basis of the labour demand requirements of companies, Project A.L.A. develops short, focussed training courses in order to promote the employment of the newly trained human resources.
From 2004 until today, Project A.L.A. has been financed with about € 1,600,000, trained 630 people, 471 of them successfully signing employment contracts with companies involved in the Project.
is a biennial project financed by the European Social Fund with about € 600,000. This initiative, which took place in 2006-2007, includes the creation of an innovative job orientation system, job support, and self-managed entrepreneurship in the area of the new Rome Trade Fair. The Project aims at matching supply and demand of competencies with job opportunities through a system of knowledge-competence mapping and visualization which used the “The Tree of Knowledge” software.
In 2006–2007 IRFI takes part in the “BLUS – Borsa Lavoro Università Sapienza” project which aims at helping people to further enhance the skills they had gained during their university studies and to give them assistance in finding employment. BLUS is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Labour, the Lazio Region, the Province of Rome, the Chamber of Commerce of Rome, Laziodisu, IRFI and the Trade Unions. Thanks also to the efforts of IRFI, the initiative was transformed in 2008 into SOUL (University Job Guidance System), which has become the job placement system used by all 4 public universities of Rome (www.jobsoul.it).
In 2007 IRFI, in partnership with CNA and Alta Roma (Special Agency of the Rome Chamber of Commerce for fashion promotion), and with the participation of the Department of Social Policy of the Municipality of Rome and the employment centres of the Province of Rome, implemented a training project designed to teach 20 young women in situations of high social disadvantage the craft of fabric pattern design.
Within the European Social Fund dedicated to improving the living standards of women, the project A Pink Bridge for women living in the Province of Rome is introduced in 2008. It is developed in collaboration with 2 universities, La Sapienza and Roma Tre, for a value of €500,000. Specifically, A Pink Bridge aims at facilitating the employment opportunities for women who had either never been employed or who were currently unemployed. Internships focussed on finding a match between the women’s professional aspirations and the needs of businesses are used. Approximately one third of these 50 internships resulted in an employment contracts.
In 2008 IRFI develops the Knowledge Network Project which, through a scheme of gathering information directly from companies and trade associations, and through the use of a sophisticated internet database, aims at obtaining real-time data on the market demand for skills and competencies. This scheme of gathering and collating data allows for a continuous monitoring of the professional profiles of job seekers.
In 2010 the Knowledge Network is refinanced in order to refine the procedures for collecting and processing data, and to technically improve the software and the updating system of the database.
In November 2009, in answer to the call for tender, IRFI presents two projects in favour of two companies belonging to the most representative sectors, ICT and Audiovisual, of the economy of the Lazio Region. The Projects are both approved in February 2010.
In 2009, IRFI carries out the KNE (“Knowledge Network Estero”) project within the FEI (European Integration Fund) which is managed in Italy by the Ministry of the Interior and co-financed by the Chamber of Commerce of Rome for a total of 3.5 million Euros. This project, designed by IRFI on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at 335 non-EU citizens with less than 5 years of legal residence in Italy. The project aims at providing both theoretical and practical training in language and knowledge of “System-Italy”. Furthermore, it aims at training the project’s participants in professions requested by the local territory itself. This is made possible by the development of a system for identifying the needs of the business world of the Province of Rome. The initiative is undertaken in cooperation with various Trade Associations, the Dante Alighieri Society and the OIM (International Organization for Migration). The identification of 18 professional profiles gives rise to the design of 18 training courses.
The project ends in June 2010 and all training activities are completed by 303 students, of whom 96 were subsequently employed.
2003-2004: Realization of the Pole Star Project – European Standards and Tools for ODL trainers, in collaboration with Sinform, which proposes the analysis of the processes of distance learning useful for defining the skills for training of trainers.
From 2005 to 2007 IRFI runs the N.I.S.I.A. project which is presented within the EU initiative, Equal II and funded by the Ministry of Welfare in partnership with I.S.R.I. (Institute for the study of Industrial Relations) and AsseforCamere. The Project includes training immigrants intending to take over handicraft companies.
Between 2006 and 2008 IRFI develops Women on the Board of Local Development. It is funded by Eurochambres and coordinated by Eurochambres Women Network within the European Union Framework Programme for the promotion of credit access strategies for female entrepreneurs.
From 2007 to 2008 IRFI, in collaboration with a group of 7 partners from different EU countries, carries out the Project Job Rotation (Programme E-Ten of the European Union) program. The project defines the criteria necessary for the substitution of employees who need to be replaced during their absence by appropriately trained unemployed staff.
In 2010 the Project Leonardo da Vinci / TOI (Transfer of Innovation) called SMART KNOW NET (Skills Matching And Route Network for Knowledge) is approved. The project, valued at € 399,867, deals with the transfer of the KN platform and is undertaken in collaboration with the University of Rome, “La Sapienza” and 5 EU partners.
Project Partner: University “La Sapienza” of Rome.
Project for a value of € 80,000 within EIF funds (European Fund for the Integration of non-EU nationals 2007-2013) – Ministry of the Interior.
Consolidation of institutional activities:
In September, in collaboration with IGL – Italian Gemological Lab, a leader in the sector, the course in Gemology, Study and identification of coloured gems, begins. The focus of the course is on practical and operational competencies in the precious stones sector.
In the same period the “Fare Impresa” (Doing Business) seminars are offered in partnership with Seniores Italia – Partner Per Lo Sviluppo Onlus and professionals in entrepreneurship training. The seminars, organised into single theme modules, aims at improving employment chances as well as development of small scale businesses. With this in mind, the target students are people who want ”go it alone” as well as small scale businesses wanting to improve the quality of their personnel.
In November, in collaboration with FIAIP (Federazione Italiana Agenti Immobiliari Professionali), the third course for Estate Agents was offered.
Among the most important financed courses, the following may be mentioned:
In the same month, in collaboration with the Rome City Council (Roma Capitale), IRFI participates in the presentation of the project “Knowing each other in order to integrate”. The value of the project is of € 194,176 and is financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Non-EU Citizens (2007-2013).