The first Salesian Vocational Training Centre (VTC) and the school came into existence at Valdocco, as a response to the specific needs of the then young people in the form of an overall project of education and evangelisation, especially to those most in need. From there on, the Salesian school/VTC is a formidable means of formation, a valuable factor in the development of a person and an adequate setting for effective evangelisation.
Motivated by a desire to ensure rightful dignity and a future, Don Bosco had set up trade centres and workshops, at the same time, helped his youngsters to find work and enter into contracts for them, to prevent exploitations.
We recognise the value of the vocational training centre and the school as areas where the Gospel enlightens culture and allows itself to be challenged. The integration these two areas provide an important educational alternative in the face of the cultural, ethical and religious pluralism of any society. The socio-political and cultural reality, the new guidelines for renewal of schools in different countries and likewise within the schools themselves, present new challenges and complex difficulties which positively and collectively engage the team of Salesians, collaborators and the students, to constantly search and grow.