Italy - 150 years and 150 jobs: that bet by the Salesians of Genoa

17 February 2023

(ANS - Genoa) - The bet is ambitious and gravitates around the number 150: exactly like that 150th birthday that the Don Bosco work of Genoa celebrated and which the Salesian Institute of Sampierdarena has, in the Genoa area, aspired to transform in terms of jobs and concrete opportunities, through timely training linked to the real needs of local companies.

The numbers speak for themselves: there have already been twenty-eight hires in mechatronics, twelve in IT, seven in electromedical, and six in hospital/health care activities. Thirty young people have been introduced to apprenticeships in Genovese pmi (acronym for small- and mid-sized businesses) in the electrical, electronic, and thermohydraulic fields for the Sampierdarena location, and another forty-five in the electrical and mechatronics fields, twenty-two of whom have been hired to date. The project will continue throughout this year, so it is not hard to believe that the 150 jobs can be achieved.

The project’s results will be presented on March 6, as part of the event entitled "Training young people to generate future. Winning Alliances in the World of Work," to be held in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio of Genoa's Palazzo Ducale. "We have really thrown our hearts over the hurdle," says Fr. Sergio Pellini, SDB, director of the Genoa-Sampierdarena work, "and I believe we’ll succeed not only in meeting this challenge but above all in giving reasons for hope and confidence to young people so that they will put their resources to good use and be able to build horizons from their own inspirations and abilities. Next March 6, we shall bring the results of this extraordinary experience within an event at the Ducal Palace in the presence of national and Ligurian politicians and institutions to give the signal that we are there, alongside the civil forces, to do our part." 

Next to the macro-project of the 150, then, there is the "Sportello Informa Lavoro e Studio", a bureau for job placement and study-related info and advice. It is run by the association "Il Nodo sulle Ali del Mondo" activated in April 2022 in the Caritas premises of the Sampierdarena Institute, which welcomes young people and adults seeking employment, relocation, training, and guidance. It is an indispensable satellite to accommodate needs that cannot be met in the Cnos-Fap pathways linked to companies.

"We don't want to replace the public," says Romana Pian, head of the ‘Sportello’ bureau, "instead, we want to refer and orientate to employment and training centers. We help fill out resumes, check public competitions. Our 'take or cut' is to take charge of the person, remember them and keep them in mind if opportunities come up. We are too new to review or take stock of our work so far, but what we hope is to be able to network with public or voluntary associations in the area. This would help us have a more institutional role and be able to intervene more effectively."

The people coming to the bureau are mostly non-EU nationals and young women with dependent children who are looking for work as caregivers but are unaware of services in the area and are often without residence permits.

"Introduction to work works with us," Fr. Pellini concludes, "also because we have a wide network of Past Pupils of the institute, often entrepreneurs and professionals, who show a concrete willingness to give job opportunities. This makes it possible to properly place people. It is not easy, however. But we believe in it, and this project is one of the best ways for us to celebrate our 150th anniversary."

Source: La Voce di Genova


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