Lepri, Pd: Strategic role of training

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The candidate for the Chamber of the Democratic Party responds to the appeal of Confap and Forma and relaunches the commitment to the role of professional training in the active work policy, in the initial training of young people and the inclusion of the to consolidate the most disadvantaged. People.

Not just legalization: technical skills are needed. From Turin, the city par excellence of training and human capital, I respond to the heartfelt appeal of CONFAP and FORMA, the organizations that represent accredited professional training bodies”, explained the Honorable Stefano Lepri, newly appointed to the Parliament in the Northwestern College of Turin.”Turin must confirm and strengthen itself as a national reference for young people and adults for training, orienting it to the technological, digital and green transition. In Turin, there is a historic, deep-rooted and advanced network of vocational training, which at the regional level involves more than 17,000 young people on VET courses with compulsory training and around 14,000 people on the paths of the labor market directive, in addition to the Employed Persons and more short courses of individual further education incorporated into apprenticeships. The accredited bodies were able to structure the courses in accordance with the needs of the companies, limit school dropouts to less than 10% and guarantee almost all students work after the end of the courses. A flagship of our territory, which must be supported in every way.

He also reminded us the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyenwho proposed this in his State of the Union address just a week ago 2023 will be the European year of skills and especially of continuing education.

The pillars of the vocational training system are 3:

  1. theVocational education and training (IeFP) in the training year 2020-21 interested in Italy 151,641 students between 14 and 18 years, is characterized as an educational environment oriented towards social inclusion (7.5% of students are disabled and 13.6% of foreign origin) and an active methodology, based on real experience and on the alliance with companies. Three years after completing the IeFP course, 69% of graduates and 62% of qualified. The annual expenditure on VET vocational education is a total of 680 million euros; the average annual cost per inhabitant per VET student (almost €5,500) is much lower than the annual cost/student of state vocational training (€8,736.15).
  2. Another important segment of formal education is represented by IFTS (Higher Technical Education and Training): a year worth of higher education aimed at both VET graduates and high school graduates.
  3. There FP vocational training is concerned large parts of the adult population, including some categories of people who are disadvantaged in the labor market. The VET must be considered as the main active employment policy, as envisaged in the GOL program, with widespread upskilling and reskilling actions, both for the reintegration of work and for the improvement of career paths. Qualify the Italian vocational training system, certify its quality, improve national networks, even develop supra-regional programs in collaboration with companies it is strategic for the development of the country. The annual expenditure on non-formal vocational training, financed by the state, the regions, the European Union and the interprofessional funds, is estimated (data for 2021) at 900 million euros.

I therefore make my own points in the programmatic document sent a few days ago by CONFAP and FORMA to the political forces:

1. To make stable and implement the VET offer in all regions, to finance it continuously and with adequate parameters;

2. Development of the training offered by IFTS (Higher Technical Education and Training) throughout the national territory;

3. To ensure a unitary national headquarters for the governance of the IeFP in accordance with regional competences;

4. Invest in the orientation of students, starting from high school, to make the most of the IeFP proposal;

5. Implement the potential of OF in accompanying organizational and productive transformations induced by digital and environmental transitions;

6. Consolidating the role of VET in the active employment policy;

7. Strengthen the contribution of the OF in social and youth policy, starting with the inclusion of the most disadvantaged people;

8. Extend investments in emergency support interventions to the VET system, as well as public and peer education systems, starting with energy costs, which are particularly urgent in this phase of serious crisis.

There is a lot to do. Vocational education is not a second-class school, but a reality that makes a strong contribution to employment and the fight against school leaving. There was too little talk about vocational training, even in the PNRR. This gap must be bridged with a clear political direction. We need more planning, more stability, more guidance and less bureaucracy.

Stefano LEPRI – Deputy and candidate of the PD in Turin

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