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How to provide job opportunities to young people

The technological evolution is advancing faster than training systems and it triggers innovations in society and way of working that should be understood and turned into effective teaching models.The conference “Training and society: the challenge of change”, organised by Confindustria Piedmont and Intesa SanPaolo, started from this awareness.

The two generations that are entering the labour world – the Millenials (born between 1981 and 1997) ans Z Generation (born between 1998 and 2016) – have mainly studied on an educational model developed to meet the needs of a solid society, based on a stable and rigid model.

However, today society has changed and a new education is needed, that works for cultural axes and teaches students to cultivate their own skills, understood as the sum of knowledge and experience, throughout the entire lifetime. Fabio Ravanelli, president of Confindustria Piedmont, has summarised the issue as follows: ‘We need to win the challenge of skills and re-organise the educational system according to a dual approach that introduces more work in the studies and more studies in the work. This is the only way we will be able to enhance our human capital and meet the new needs of our manufacture. Unfortunately, we don’t see the necessary attention on the issues in the Budget Law sent to the European Commission, where, on the contrary, it seems to prevail the temptation to downsize the resources for school-to-work alternation and measures in favour of Industry 4.0”.

Carlo Robiglio, president of the Piccola Industria (SME) of Confindustria, said: ‘SME represent the backbone of our production system and these companies are those that most need to innovate in order to stay competitive and those that must be supported in the digitalisation process required by Industry 4.0”. Robiglio added: “The managerialization of SME and the development of technical and scientific skills among young people are one of the fundamental drives to relaunch our productivity: if we lose the bet on skills we will definitely lose the game of economic growth’.

Biella, 7 november 2018

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