The events organized by the Institute “Cristofaro Mennella” continue for the youngest. And this time, we have tried in times of extreme uncertainty to focus on their future work rather than the ones we are experiencing. Clarifying the complicated issue of postgraduate education is not easy, but young people, schools, clubs and the world of work have to do their part and so the need has arisen to bring to life an orientation meeting which is strongly desired by the Rotary Club Isola. Ischia and the Institut “Cristofaro Mennella”, in particular the principal Giuseppina Di Guida.
And so many speakers in the presence of a few classes have taken the floor and emphasized how the Rotary Club can help the little ones with the so-called Ulysses project. But what is it about? As you can read on the project website itself, we are essentially talking about a program that puts the resources of Rotarians in a system with those of the universities, bodies, trade associations and structures in Italy and abroad that offer young people . the opportunity to perfect their technical-vocational training through internships, apprenticeships, internships, masters, scholarships and job offers in Italy and abroad. The mission is therefore to help young people on their way to school and vocational training, by creating, if possible, the conditions for their stay or return to Campania. The meeting, which was held in the auditorium of the Mennella Institute on Michele Mazzella, saw several interventions, all led by moderator Vincenzo Acunto of the Rotary Club of Ischia, beginning with a historic line drawn by the association: “The Rotary District 2101 is a service organization that has existed on this island since 1988. During these 34 years there have been many changes and a phenomenon that I could observe is that of young people leaving Ischia after school to look for their fortune elsewhere. The Ulysses project, not without its difficulties, seeks to counteract this reality and aims to bring home to the many young people who have had to leave to provide them with valid hand tools for their future work.
Vincenzo D’Elia, Assistant Governor of the Rotary Club of North Naples, was also present. The debate then continued with Celestino Vuoso, President of the Rotary Club of Ischia Island, who spoke about ITS (Higher Technical Institutes) and their role: “In Italy, these institutes are not properly valued, while they can be a formidable reality. to train the youngest, giving them the opportunity to enter the world of work. All over Italy there are companies that require ITS trained staff, mainly young graduates or graduates. I think we need to invest heavily in these institutions if We want to give young people a certain and concrete future in our country. “Michelangelo Ambrosio, Head of the Ulysses Project of District 2101 of Rotary International, stated:” In ten years, we have lost almost 500,000 Italians and under to them about 250,000 young people. To this age-old problem is added yet another, as we are witnessing an ever-increasing decline in demographics. In fact, the Italian population is declining and the balance between births and deaths has been negative for over 25 years with the result that young people are declining and the elderly are rising. This picture will determine economic and financial imbalances in the following years, as the number of workers decreases proportionally and pensions increase.
We at Rotary Club Ischia felt the need to do something and so the Ulysses project was born, which provides for agreements with the universities of the Campania region, offering young people the opportunity to participate in curricular internships, personalized internships, Masters, Internships and Scholarships. In addition, we want to launch initiatives to support Campania ITS. These institutes are the most effective organization for entering the world of work. Born in 2010, they are high-tech schools that are closely linked to the production system, preparing specialized resource managers who are needed by companies in a specific field. Unfortunately, there are still few ITS members in Italy, averaging 18,000 a year, in France 200,000 members and in Germany even 800,000. ITS, in my opinion, are a great forge of middle managers for the industrial fabric and guarantee wide range of uses in a short period of time. However, these realities need to be published and communicated to young people and that is why it is one of our tasks, to provide guidance courses in high schools, to illustrate the opportunities that students currently have ”. Mario Sironi, of the V. Telese Institute of Ischia, also said his own about the lack of knowledge about ITS, especially in the South: “The training offer of the Higher Technical Institutes is still little known in Campania, while in other regions such as like Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont further develop these realities. Here we can not yet solve the problem of the relationship between education and the demands of the labor market. I believe that the rationale is complex and that there is a large working table between Schools, local associations, businesses and politics required.
Young people want to work and train professionally, but often lack direct links between job offers and demands. In this context, ITS can, albeit in part, be a tool for responding to the needs of graduates, as they represent a necessary training step to enter the world of work. I really hope that these institutions in Ischia are properly valued and that the right composition of education, training and the world of work can be created. Alfonsina Verrilli of the ITS BACT Foundation – Higher Technical Institute for Innovative Technologies for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism then illustrates to the students present in the auditorium the specifics of their ITS, characterized by training activities, mainly by experts the world of work, and which consists of a two-year course of highly technical education and training that ministers issue state titles corresponding to Level V EQF (ITS title). The 1800-hour course (900 for each of the two years) provides for the transfer of know-how and skills through theoretical lessons, practical lessons and internship experiences, in Italy or abroad. The session began with the last thoughts of prof. Giuseppe Varletta and the ship Salvatore Lauro who spoke about the goodness of ITS Mare: ITS Sustainable Mobility-Maritime Transport. We are talking about an institute born a few years ago on the initiative of public and private partners, by the will of the Campania region, with recognition of the Miur and the prefecture of Naples. In particular, Lauro would like to recall that among the founding members of the relevant ITS are Volaviamare and the “Cristofaro Mennella” Institute of Ischia, although a fundamental role was then played by the municipality of Torre Annunziata. Salvatore Lauro then wanted to encourage the young people present in the auditorium to believe in their abilities and to think about what they should do in the immediate future: “I know that there are many social insecurities and that at your age there are others Aspects are taken care of, but my personal advice is to keep an eye on what your future in the workplace will be.You have time on your side, but you begin to ask yourself questions about what you want to do. the school, your families, local associations and, as you have learned today, Rotary as well. to grow.