not only liceization, technical skills are needed “- Torino Oggi

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 the accredited bodies of professional training.“. The honorary member explains it Stefano Leprinewly 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 education, orienting them to the technological, digital and green transition. In Turin there is a historic, deep-rooted and advanced vocational training network, which at a 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 employees included in shorter individual further training courses and apprenticeships. The accredited bodies were able to structure courses in accordance with the needs of the Companies that limit early school exchange to less than 10% and guarantee almost all students a job after the end of the courses. A flagship of our territory, which must be supported in every way.

“We were also reminded by the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen, who just a week ago suggested in her State of the Union speech that 2023 will be the European year of skills and especially of continuing education.”

“The pillars of the vocational education system are 3: Vocational education and training (IeFP) in the training year 2020-2021 involved 151,641 students between 14 and 18 years of age in Italy, which are characterized as an educational environment oriented towards social inclusion (the 7.5% of Students are disabled and 13.6% of foreign origin) and with an active methodology, based on real experience and on the alliance with companies. Three years after completing the IeFP course, 69% of graduates work and 62% of qualified.D Annual expenditure for VET ordinary vocational training is a total of 680 million euros, the average annual cost per resident per student (almost 5,500 euros) is much lower than the annual cost / student of the state vocational training (8,736.15 euros).

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.

The vocational training program affects large parts of the adult population, including some categories of disadvantaged people on 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. Qualifying the Italian vocational training system, certifying its quality, improving national networks, even developing supra-regional programs in collaboration with companies 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”.

“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. Vocational education has been talked about too little, even in the PNRR .This gap must be bridged with a clear political direction. We need more planning, more stability, more orientation and less bureaucracy”.

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