The history of the Vocational Training of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) is as old as the Institute itself: in the first houses founded, next to the oratory, there was always the "Family Workshop" for young people and girls wherein the art of sewing at various levels was taught. In 1950, there were as many as 600 of these laboratories!
At the same time, "Evening Schools" emerged for young women prematurely employed in factories. This was followed by the schools for rural housewives and then real and proper "agricultural schools". At the end of the 1960s, as "Artisan Schools", "Business Schools" and "Professional Start-up Schools" already existed, Sister Anita della Ricca gave life to the "CIOFS", of which she was the first National President, to give a civic or institutional aspect to all these works. Thus, the CIOFS Vocational Training Centers were born.
Even today, the CIOFS-FP has the objective of curating the vocational training of young people actively seeking opportunities in the world of work or supporting those inclined towards entrepreneurship.
Today, however, there is a large gap between studies and the trades needed in the real world: the “blue collar” worker is now technological, the farmer greentech, the hairdresser must study trichology, and to produce machinery, besides engineers, many specialized technicians are required. For this reason, the courses for professions, if consciously thought of for the specific needs of the local productive districts, prove to be very useful.
The centers of CIOFS-FP are scattered throughout Italy and after years of planning and development are growing, ensuring employability rates that often reach circa 90%.
As regards concrete actions for this important anniversary, in the afternoon of today, April 3, starting at 3 pm, a commemorative session is scheduled to be broadcast on live streaming on www.ciofs-fp.org; the Superior General of the FMA, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, will also be speaking.
Tomorrow, April 4th, the CIOFS-FP assembly is scheduled.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ciofs-fp.org