The issue of work and employment remains crucial for the future of our country and the skills required by the labor market are increasingly complex and specific, also creating problems of mismatching between demand and supply.
The employment situation is even more critical in the groups with low school attendance: if, in fact, in the 28 countries of the European Union, the average percentage of people employed among those with primary education is 53.5%, in Italy it is only 47.8%. The continuous training of employed workers still reaches very low percentages, among the lowest in Europe, in Italy.
Strategic relevance of Vocational Training
On Monday 8 April 2019, in the splendid room of the Polo Museale Terra di Montenovo in Ostra Vetere (AN), during the seminar Enterprises, skills, training the association CLAR of Senigallia presented an innovative e-learning platform for the professional training of workers and citizens, together with news of a new online Waterschool training project, for the dissemination of operators’ skills on the use of tap water in schools.
CLAR is in fact an Italian partner of the Project VIVET, developed as part of the Erasmus Pus program by an international partnership. VIVET (Video Supported Vocational Education and Training) overcomes the difficulties of approach to learning for people with low schooling, because it exploits the intuitiveness and ease of use, for students and teachers, as well as the familiarity of this target group of students with ‘communication interface of social networks.
By clicking on the names of the speakers, you can access the videos of the respective presentations.
Key role of local public administrations
The event was sponsored by the Municipality of Ostra Vetere, whose Mayor, Rodolfo Pancotti, gave greetings to the participants, after the opening of the work by the CLAR president, Luca Serafini; the councilor, Paola Fabbrini also intervened for the municipal administration, followed by Martina Rotatori, Councilor of the Union of Municipalities of the Val Misa, another important reality of the local public administrations.
With their interventions, these public administrators underlined the attention of their local administrations, the ones closest to the citizens, on the subject of professional training and its relevance for the development of work in the territories. Instead, representatives of the Marche Region were unfortunately absent.
The reports: Vocational Training and Competencies
The seminar saw the participation of two real experts in the sector, as they are managers of the Italian Ministry of Labor with a substantial curriculum of public-private experiences in various national realities.
Paolo Carnazza, industrial economist, of the Directorate-General for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, gave a report on: “National Business Plan 4.0 and the knot of competences and training”.
Paolo Reboani, Director of the Research Department, examined the theme: “New technologies and the labor market: what effects on training?”
Helmut Riethmüller (FORUM – Berlin, leader partner of the Vivet project), Gaetano Sinatti (CLAR – Senigallia, project coordinator) and Ivanka Shopova (University of Agriculture and Management, Plovdiv, Bulgaria), vocational training experts, illustrated the functionalities, potential and ease of use of the platform for the professional training of workers and citizens, accessible at no cost and in degree to provide learning paths certified according to European EQF and ECVET standards, following the EREC methodology, developed by CLAR, which assesses the quality of online learning content.
An interesting debate followed on the potential of these tools during which the Dean prof. Elena Giommetti stressed the usefulness that this type of training tools could have for the Adult Education Centers, the CPIAs, operating in the area.