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Work-linked training: learning through work experience

We believe in work-linked training!

Work-linked training: learning through work experience

Active work-linked training

First, what are we referring to when we talk about work-linked training?

2015 Buona Scuola reform and linked 107/2015 law decide to insert a compulsory school path inside businesses during the last three years at school. 200 hours for high school and 400 hours for professional institutes are planned.


What does choosing a work-linked training in Progetto Itaca mean?

Progetto Itaca has proposed a work-linked training project to schools in Lecco. Itaca is considering to plan paths together with institutes in order to guarantee a qualified training experience and a learning modality that links working and school lives.

In dialogue with schools, we would like to create social, educational and linguistic field paths organized and built following the students’ school project. In this way, students are supported in understanding social work aspects. Indeed, there’s no better way to try your hand to use their own interests and understand their right future work.

Students relates to professionals such as social workers, linguistic and cultural mediators, teachers, educators, psychologists and reception operators. In this way, they can see with their own eyes the Lecco’s immigration reality inside territory and social fabric. Students will have the chance to build starting ancillary competences. Competences that are crucial in the labour market, but remain theoretical inside school. Making students in direct contact with work in the social field is important in order to make them realise that daily practicality is essential. This pragmatism has to be used for supporting widespread reception project recipients in Progetto Itaca.

For these reasons, Progetto Itaca adhered enthusiastically to “Looking for my dream job” event on 27th October, an event proposed by I.I.S.S. “A. Greppi” in Monticello Brianza (LC). On this Occasion, we met Social Sciences and Economic high school undergrad students together with other tertiary sector entities. Valentina Corna, a Progetto Itaca social worker, and Sara Colombo, cultural mediator, talked about their daily work with asylum seekers. Their work is linked to social, housing, employment inclusion and plenty more.

For now, we are creating two work-linked projects for school year 2017/2018:

Linguistic European high school “G. Parini” in Barzanò will send 3 students that will collaborate with cultural mediators inside work moments such as:

  • guests’ preparations for asylum recognition interviews;
  • moments in reception facilities in order to face directly cultural mediation action during relationships with guests;
  • internal training for Progetto Itaca educational staff.

Grammar State high school “A. Manzoni” in Lecco will send 5 girls from Linguistic high school to a Progetto Itaca teacher. They will collaborate weekly in educational and laboratorial lessons inside the mum-children reception facility. Besides, we are working together with work-linked training Manzoni teacher for future collaborations.


A brief word from the outside

We collect some data and opinions on the work-linked training event after the 13rd October demonstration against bad aspects of this new training.

4.000 provided questionnaires

42,80 % students had a positive experience

33,20 % students had a negative experience

49% thinks that work-linked training is positive for gaining specific competences

50,90% thinks badly about the possibilities to have a job thanks to this experience

[Investigation carried out by Reti degli Studenti Medi during shool year 2016/2017]



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