Topping off university education with Enel

Published on Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Finding a job as soon as university is over is any student’s dream. Yet statistics show that for the 15-24 age group, the unemployment rate in Italy has reached levels as high as 33% (ISTAT data as of 30 April 2021). One of the reasons is that the academic education these youngsters receive is often not aligned with the professional skills required to work at a company.

In light of this, we have signed a memorandum of understanding with the “Roma Tre” University to set up an experimental Higher education and research apprenticeship program (article 45 of Legislative Decree 81/2015): starting from the 2021/2022 academic year, 15 third-year students from the Electronic Engineering bachelor’s degree course will have the opportunity to alternate between classes with regular studying and technical-professional training at the company. Indeed, the initiative’s objective is to enable students to obtain a university degree that’s enriched with training on the latest digital and technological innovations. Consequently, through joint discussions between the university and the company, the third-year study program was significantly and creatively revised so as to define a profile characterized by all the skills and knowledge required to meet the current needs of the production sector, in particular for activities related to power generation and electricity grids, as part of the current phase of ongoing energy transition and technological and digital transformation of work processes.

For Enel, the program falls within the regulatory framework defined with the union agreement signed on 10 May 2021, covering higher education and research apprenticeships designed for university-level courses (bachelor’s degrees, higher technical institutes, Master’s degrees and PhDs).

The fusion between formal “classroom” learning (with additional teaching on electrical measurements and devices, electrical distribution systems, safety of electrical systems) and work experience will be supported and facilitated for each “student-apprentice” by a company tutor and a university tutor.

The higher education and research apprenticeship will end with the achievement of the Electronic Engineering bachelor’s degree, within the course’s allotted period and, in any case, no later than 31 March 2023.

During the presentation webinar, Silvia Ciucciovino, Vice-rector responsible for relations with the labor market, underlined “Roma Tre” University’s satisfaction at having established this pilot project: “I am proud of this agreement, which will represent an important benchmark for the country and for all Italian universities looking to establish similar initiatives.” Massimo Bruno, our Head of People & Organization Italy, reiterated the Group’s commitment: “Our aim is to be a driving force in developing, also in Italy, human resources equipped with the necessary professional skills to be immediately ready to be hired.” Finally, Matteo Cesa, Head of P&O Power Generation Italy, emphasized how this apprenticeship program is responding to a pressing need for our company: “We must work hard on generational turnover and on renewing our skills in general. So, a project such as this one becomes a crucial key to success, to meet the energy transition challenge.”

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