I see the school – work alternation project as an opportunity that students should seize. It will help them to access the labour market with an edge over their fellow peers. It is indeed an occasion to make the first steps in labour market, to guide you in the choice of future academic studies, but it also represents a chance to practice and training in the field, to learn from professionals.
Hence, I wanted the Group I am leading to participate in this project. Thanks to the new legislation, we started, in collaboration with ELIS Consortium, an orientation program for those students who are in the last two years of secondary school. This envisages the inclusion of students in the enterprise.
As an entrepreneur, I believe that getting to know students before they finish their academic paths is a way to intercepting the most promising ones, before you are forced to face huge quantity of candidates.
As a father of two young daughters under 30s and as a person in constant contact with young people – in my company the average age is 33 years old, I think that the school-work alternation project is an unique opportunity for students to grow and training.
The school first and the Universities later, are usually accused of preparing students with a solid theoretical background, but way less experienced from a practical point of view, which clearly comes out when they first enter in a company. I believe this is one of the reasons why it is so difficult the moment of access to the labour market for students, after the end of their studies. From the company perspective, the major difficulty is to train young people who do not know how to do practical things.
A second obstacle, that the experience of alternating school and work could smooth, is the gap between students and business: most of the times, expectations of young people are very different from reality. Living the life in the companies and engaging with the employees and exploring the daily office life, it is a fundamental experience, which if it is done while studying, it can only be positive.
I would like this school- work alternation project to represent a turning point for the future of the Italian students. In 2015, the number of students has increased by 139% over the previous year. The previsions show even more ambitious goals: reaching 1.2 Million students for 2016-2017 and exceeding quota 1.5 Million in the next academic year, 2017-2018.
I am proud to say that QUI! Group will contribute the achievement of this target.