Cedefop’s thematic country review (TCR) on apprenticeships has started in Italy. The Ministry of Employment hosted the launch event organised in collaboration with Cedefop on 6 July in Rome.
On 25 and 26 May, members of the country reviews steering groups from Malta, Lithuania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia met in Thessaloniki for a policy-learning exercise. They discussed apprenticeship schemes in their countries, bringing in different experiences and perspectives, and learned more on how the reviews work.
The publication Responsabilità sociale d’impresa: policy e pratiche [Corporate social responsibility: policies and practices] provides a framework for national, European and international CSR policies. In this research study Italy’s outstanding CSR experiences were analysed, with focus on human resources development and corporate welfare.
In the first half of 2014 results of the vocational training supply (OFP) survey were published by the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers (ISFOL). The survey assessed the regional vocational education and training (VET) offer with focus on structure, organisation, trends and dynamics. The survey also evaluated adequacy of local systems with labour marked needs and innovative aspects related to post-crisis scenarios.
Within the so-called long chain of job-oriented technical and vocational education and training (VET) a major role is played by recently-reformed higher technical education and training pathways (IFTS - Istruzione e formazione tecnica superiore). Alongside higher technical institutes (ITS - Istituti Tecnici Superiori), IFTS aim at strengthening technical and technological skills and know-how, while accounting for a relevant part of the national curriculum.
Results of the second survey on training and occupational outcomes of vocational education and training pathways in Italy (Seconda indagine nazionale sugli esiti occupazionali dei qualificati nei percorsi di IeFP) were published by the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers (ISFOL) in the first half of 2014.
The 12th ISFOL monitoring report of training actions aimed at fulfilling the right to education and training (XII Monitoraggio ISFOL delle azioni formative realizzate nell'ambito del diritto-dovere) contains interesting data (school year 2012-13) on participation of young people in vocational education and training (VET).
Italy has started the youth guarantee programme, implementing the EU Council recommendation of 22 April 2013 (2013/C 120/01) and the EU plan to fight youth unemployment.
With the link between acquiring skills and finding a job firmly in its priorities, the Italian EU Presidency of the second semester of 2014 makes a clear statement in its programme.
On 29 May 2013, the Italian Ministry of Labour and the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training (ISFOL) presented the first national referencing report to the European qualifications framework (EQF) advisory group. With this document, Italy linked the qualifications that fall under the remit of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, including those from higher education, and those awarded by Regions and Autonomous Provinces in the framework of State-Region agreements, to the EQF