The Atlas is the result of action research carried out by Inapp (former Isfol) which started in 2013, with the support of the technical group established by the Ministry of Labour and the Regions , and the technical assistance of Tecnostruttura delle Regioni, funded by European Social Funds.
The database integrates three information pillars:
• atlas of work;
• repertory of qualifications;
• atlas and profession.
Atlas of work is a description of the occupation in terms of activities and products/services available in carrying out activities. Occupations are grouped by a classification scheme consisting of 23 economic/professional sectors and a common sector (transversal sector), covering a total of 837 economic areas. Every economic area is referenced to the Classification of economic activity (ATECO – NACE) and the Classification of occupations (CP 2011, ISCO (international standard classification of occupations)). The link with statistical sources is fundamental to acquiring qualitative and quantitative information. This helps analyse learning and work systems and assess the appropriateness of the national qualification system to labour market needs, as well as assessing how the world of work is developing.
The repertory of qualifications collects data on the qualifications issued in the different areas of the lifelong learning system: school, university, vocational education and training, regional vocational training. It includes the national qualification framework (QNQR) established by the Interministerial Decree of 30 June 2015, containing the qualifications awarded under the regional vocational training systems.
Atlas and profession collects professions regulated by national agreements, and the repertory of apprenticeship professions, containing profiles of the apprenticeship identified and described in the national collective labour agreements (NCLA).
The Atlas can support several functions:
- recognition of achievements in non-formal and informal learning contexts, and recognition of credits useful for insertion in initial training paths;
- design, evaluation and certification of the alternance training;
- guidance, counselling and skills audit;
- design of learning activities for entry into the labour market, for updating skills and professional reconversion;
- plan of training programmes offered, using quantitative data referenced to statistical sources on training and labour.
- use as a policy tool for active employment policy, allowing evaluation of career options of the qualifications system;
- alignment of labour market skills needs the with skills available in the qualifications system, to reduce the gap and enable matching between employment supply and demand.
 The technical group consists of representatives of the Regions coordination group, the Regions and the Ministry of Labour; it supports implementation of the National repertory of education and training qualifications and professional qualifications.