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): in the 2021/2022 academic year, 11 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.