The Founder

Tommaso BICOTEA’s founder - distance learning institute, operating throughout the national territory with 80 training courses and more than 2,000 members - is Tommaso Barone.

The birth and the evolution of the Institute depend on his brilliant intuition and tenacity. The institute is a ministerial learning institute accredited by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

ICOTEA’s Dean Tommaso Barone was born in Ragusa in 1972 and began his professional career in the field of training, as expert in Security and Workplace Training.

He guesses immediately the need to create a training institute in order to supply, through training and update courses, information and formation gaps of companies and freelancers.

In 1998, just 26 years old, he founded ICOTEA, a successful idea that has made the institute a leader in training services. Tommaso Barone is an expert on Workplace Security and also in training issues.

Tommaso Barone is also an expert consultant on Health and Safety in the Workplace, with a particular specialisation on school field. In addition to the consulting activity, he also carries out professional training in schools, companies or through e-learning.

His professional career improved his expertise in the education field. As a trainer in Safety, Tommaso Barone has also worked in the following fields: agriculture, construction industry, food, naval and rail transport industry. ICOTEA provides innovative training services to public institutions, private companies and freelancers.

His most recent and successful publication is entitled "Il Lavoro Illuminato" (2016). After an introduction on the challenges that the globalised economy entails, the essay presents an articulated reflection on the new information technologies in the education field, highlighting the advantages provided by the participation in e-learning courses, especially evident in the possibility of reconciling the times of study with those of work and daily commitments.

In the final part, the book contains a useful handbook on safety issues at work, stating the importance of the relationship between these issues and the training activities, in a context in which knowledge and training are the real success factors.