“The challenge is to bring together national excellence, placing companies alongside institutions, with the aim of building together the skills necessary to carry out the country’s major projects. Guiding the younger generations towards the professions of today and tomorrow”, said l‘CEO of Autostrade per l’Italia Roberto Tomasi
The operational phase of District Italy has begun, the program promoted by the ELIS Consortium and which involves schools and higher technical institutes throughout the country, as well as the participation of 34 subjects including companies, employment agencies and other bodies. Applications are therefore open for the training of fiber optic installers, software programmers, site managers and electrical installers. The lines of action are to guide young people in their study and work choices, train them and place them in companies, and there are four Schools of Crafts that will prepare the first technicians to be included in companies. Among the companies participating in the project, there is also Autostrade per l’Italia. ”Distretto Italia’s challenge is to bring together national excellence, placing companies alongside institutions, with the aim of building together the necessary skills to carry out the country’s major projects. Guiding the young generations towards the professions of today and tomorrow”, said the managing director of Autostrade per l’Italia Roberto Tomasi, president of the ELIS semester.
The training courses
The courses, as mentioned, are for optical fiber installers, construction site managers and electrical installers – they include 5 weeks of training and then starting work – and the course for software programmers, lasting 20 weeks. They will be organized throughout the national territory and it is possible to apply on the digital platform www.distrettoitalia.elis.org. The intervention plan of District Italy was presented during the event “Together we become the future”, which was held at the ELIS Campus in Rome and saw the participation of the Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Marina Elvira Calderone, by the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso and the CEOs of the companies participating in the project.
What is District Italy
The District Italy project was created to offer young people between the ages of 16 and 30 the opportunity to orientate themselves in their choice of study and profession. In particular, it wants to counter the phenomenon of NEETs, three million young people in Italy who do not study and do not work, one person out of four in the 15-34 age group. This is the highest figure in the European Union, 23.1%, against an average of 13.1% for the 27 EU countries. At the heart of the project is the rediscovery of technical professions in a country that has experienced a progressive loss of role for professional schools in recent decades. An initial analysis of skills needs, carried out in recent months by the Centro Studi di District of Italy on 12 companies involved in the project, recorded in this context over 10,000 job vacancies, for technical roles, only in the energy, telecommunications, construction and digital.
The companies participating in District Italy
Promoted by the ELIS Consortium, the Italy District involves schools and higher technical institutes throughout the national territory and sees the participation of 34 subjects including companies, employment agencies and other bodies: Autostrade per l’Italia (Group that presides over the project Semester of the Consortium ), A2A, Adecco, Bain & Company, BNL BNP Paribas, Boston Consulting Group, Cisco, Confimprese, Enel, Engineering, Eni Corporate University, Italian State Railways, Fincantieri, FMTS Group, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Foundation, Generali Italia, Gi Group, FNM Group, Made in Genesi, ManpowerGroup, Milano Serravalle – Milano Tangenziali, Open Economics, Open Fiber, Orienta, Poste Italiane, Randstad, SITE Spa, Skuola.net, Soft Strategy, Synergie, TIM, Trenord and Umana.
The three lines of action
There are three lines of intervention of District Italy. The first is represented by the Schools of Crafts, aimed at training and entering the world of work. Furthermore, there is School for School, i.e. the orientation activity through PCTO (Paths for Transversal Competences and Orientation). In collaboration with schools and universities, the School-for-School programs include orientation courses organized with several companies at the same time. Unlike traditional PCTOs, which see only one company ready to welcome students, young people will thus be able to choose from multiple proposals, to deepen their knowledge of the world of work in the context that most interests them. Finally, the third line of action is Officine Futuro, orientation courses for students, who will also have access to a digital gaming platform, specially developed within the project. However, Officine Futuro will also address teachers and parents, who play an important support role in the study and work choices of young people. In recent weeks, the promoters of District Italy are carrying out a series of meetings, precisely with students and teachers of high schools and universities, in various Italian cities, to fine-tune the new orientation programmes.