The total amount spent on continuing training of workers in Italy is about EUR 5 billion a year. Total resources for the training of Italian workers made available by the European Social Fund, national laws (236/93 and 53/00) and the Sectoral Training Funds amount to about EUR 1 billion a year.
The application of EU tools in Italy is ongoing, despite obstacles linked to the absence of a national qualifications framework.
COLOR is one out of seven 2nd generation ECVET pilot projects funded by the EACEA in 2011. The COLOR project pursues a two-fold objective: setting up a sustainable network of Regional Authorities, stakeholders and practitioners; and pilot testing ECVET procedures for the evaluation, recognition and transfer of Learning Outcomes (LOs).
Youth unemployment rates in Italy are among the highest in the EU. In December 2010, 29 % of 15-24 year-olds were unemployed. In December 2010, Italy’s national statistics service, Istat, reported that while the overall rate of unemployment rose by 0.2 % from 2009 to 2010, the rise in youth unemployment was 12 times higher. The inactivity rate is increasing dramatically: 1 in 3 young people is not studying or working, which gives rise to several critical issues for demand and supply in the labour market.
Improving the standing of vocational and technical education and devising ways to link vocational education and training (VET) and higher education in Europe has been a major concern since the early 2000s. Indeed, education, training and lifelong learning play a key role in the achievement of the priorities of the Lisbon Strategy and the “Europe 2020” follow up, in particular when it comes to smart and inclusive growth for facing the challenges of globalisation, demographic change and the knowledge society.
The European Inventory 2010 provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion.
On 26 May 2011, ISFOL presented its ‘Rapporto orientamento 2010: l’offerta e la domanda di orientamento in Italia 2010’ (‘Report on guidance 2010: supply and demand in Italy 2010’) at the Centro Congressi Frentani in Rome.
On 19 May 2011, ISFOL (Italian Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers) and Assotelecomunicazioni-Asstel organized the seminar “Internet cambia il lavoro” (How the Internet is reshaping work) at the Lower House of Parliament in Rome.
The report entitled 'Evaluating active ageing policies in Italy: an innovative methodological framework' is the outcome of a project financed by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.