The Founder

Tomm

Definitive expertise in distance education, highest standards in online learning, flexible and cost-effective choice of courses defines ICOTEA Online Learning College’s mission as well as philosophy of its founder.

Tommaso Barone is the man standing behind the leading Institute in the field distance learning, operating throughout Italy with 80 training courses and more than 2,000 members. The birth and evolution of ICOTEA Institute is based on his brilliant intuition and tenacity. Thanks to its dean ICOTEA became a pioneering online learning college accredited by Ministry of Education University and Research, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

Dean of ICOTEA Tommaso Barone was born in Ragusa in 1972 and began his professional career in the field of training as the expert in Security and Workplace Training. Tommaso had immediate understanding of the need to create a distance learning college that will supply information and formation gaps of companies and freelancers through training and update courses.

In 1998 26-year old Tommaso founded ICOTEA, a successful idea that has made the institute a leader in distance education services. Tommaso Barone is an expert in Workplace Security and training issues.

Tommaso Barone is also an expert consultant specialized in Workplace Health and Safety with a particular focus on a school field. In addition to consulting activities, Tommaso carries out professional training in schools, companies or through distance learning.

His professional career improved his expertise in distance education field. As a trainer in Safety, Tommaso Barone has also worked in the fields of agriculture, construction industry, food, naval and rail transport industry. Experience in the wide range of fields is perfectly reflected in ICOTEA online learning college offering innovative training services to public institutions, private companies and freelancers operating in various sectors.

His most recent and successful publication is entitled "Il Lavoro Illuminato" (2016). After an introduction on the challenges that the globalized economy entails, the essay presents an articulated reflection on the new information technologies and distance education opportunities. This publication highlights advantages provided by the participation in distance 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.