Technical training development
We cultivate our talents
How important is it for a company to invest in young people?
We firmly believe that backing the younger generation is a winning strategy for the future. Today at Marchesini Group, not just at our Pianoro Headquarters but at our other plants too, we employ dozens of under-25s who will become the assembly and testing technicians, the travelling support technicians and perhaps even the top managers of tomorrow: they are the ones now learning how to assemble the parts and check the smooth operation of the packaging machines that we sell worldwide.
We are always looking for school leavers (and University graduates) with a sound technical education because there is constantly a shortage of specialised professional figures. This can be attributed to a mainly Italian cultural heritage which pushes youngsters, regardless of their talent and personal predisposition, towards classical rather than technical or vocational studies, which are considered socially inferior. We, on the other hand, believe it is important not to be influenced by clichés that cast professional vocational institutes as second-class schools: a particularly gifted student with a real passion, for example, for robotics, could express their full potential just as well in a Scientific Lyceum as in an Italian technical industrial institute, developing a basic knowledge of the subject and refining their aptitude, without being denied the chance to go to University in either case.
That is why, several years ago, we started fruitful partnerships with the cream of educational institutes in Bologna and the surrounding province, specialised in technical vocational training. These include Fondazione Aldini Valeriani with whom we have a long-standing partnership, confirmed again for the 2020-2021 two-year period. Together we have drawn up a new personalised course catalogue, expanding the educational offering in terms of both soft and technical skills: over 25 courses covering subjects including communication, negotiation, time and meeting management, but also a focus on “mindfulness” and on IT skills.
Alongside the collaboration with I.I.S. Aldini Valeriani are partnerships with other important technical vocational schools in the local area:
- Istituto Salesiano della Beata Vergine di San Luca
- I.I.S. O. Belluzzi-Fioravanti
- I.I.S. E. Majorana
- Istituto Tecnico Superiore ITS Maker
Many activities are organised in conjunction with these schools, ranging from work-related learning and summer work placements, to teaching hours by our specialised collaborators and active participation in schools’ internal scientific committees to support teaching activities and guidelines. In addition, each year we organise company tours: an invaluable opportunity for students who are eager to see theoretical notions studied in the classroom actually applied in practice.
We also organise similar activities in the rest of Italy, in those areas where our other production plants are located: in Emilia-Romagna we also collaborate with I.T.I. Leonardo da Vinci (Carpi) and I.I.S. Fermo Corni (Modena); in Tuscany with I.T.I.S. T. Buzzi (Prato), with I.S.S. Chino Chini (Borgo San Lorenzo, Florence), with I.S.I.S. Leonardo da Vinci (Florence), with I.T.S. Vita (Siena), with I.I.S. Tito Sarrocchi (Siena) and with I.I.S. Roncalli (Poggibonsi, Siena); in Lazio we work with I.S. Galilei-Sani (Latina); in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with I.S.I.S. Galilei-Fermi-Pacassi (Gorizia).
We have been actively working with Universities across Italy for many years, involving not just students but also teaching staff. In addition to Career Days, we take part in numerous initiatives, including “Meetings with businesses”, which allow us to carry out graduate and undergraduate recruiting all over Italy. We also have direct channels for access to curricular work experience and research and study programmes aimed at students drafting their university degree and post-graduate dissertations, plus consultation requests aimed at creating avant-garde industrial projects. We work with numerous universities for Career Days, curricular work experience, degree dissertations and technical projects, including the Universities of Trieste, Udine, Padua, Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Ferrara (with a prestigious Gold Partnership), Florence, Pisa, Siena, Rome “La Sapienza” and the Polytechnic University of Bari.
Career Days are consolidated annual events for all European Universities: a veritable recruiting drive that aims to match the demand and supply in the labour market, as well as providing information to guide young graduates and undergraduates in their choices.
Career Days are usually packed with company presentations, seminars on specific themes and professions and informative workshops. These events are very important for us: they allow us to present ourselves to future young collaborators and to identify, among the many candidates, those talented individuals who will be able to best express their full potential within our Group.
We open our factory doors to all those who are eager to get a glimpse of our world: friends and families of employees, investors, students and customers. During our Open Days, visitors are given a full factory tour, allowing them to admire our machines at work, in addition to our technologies, warehouses and offices.
In Marchesini Group, we have always believed that backing the younger generation is a winning strategy for the future. Today in our company, both at our Pianoro HQ and our other Italian plants, we employ dozens of young people set to become the assembly and testing technicians and the travelling support technicians of tomorrow. They’re the ones now learning how to assemble the parts and check the smooth operation of the packaging machines that we sell worldwide.
We believe in young people and we feel it’s our duty to give them the chance to spend some time in our company, combining fun with learning. With that in mind, we organise our Meet up events, factory meetings with youngsters enrolled in the final two years at technical vocational schools in Bologna, the province which is home to the factories that produce 62% of Italian revenue in the packaging sector. These events usually attract hundreds of under-20s who are accompanied on-site by young people who have already joined the company’s ranks: who better than them to tell their peers how rewarding it is to work for a company that invests in young people, in their inventiveness and creativity?