In Florence, technical training in the field of life sciences meets companies and students. The award ceremony for the 65 students who completed the two-year ITS training courses: Bioqualtech19, Profarmabio19 and Byte19 took place this morning in Florence.
The event, held at the Educational Center “Il Fuligno”, was attended by Alessandra Nardini, Councilor for Education and Training of the Region of Tuscany, Andrea Paolini, President of the VITA Foundation – ITS new technologies of VITA and Ludovica Fiaschi, President of ITS Prime – ITS for mechanics and mechatronics. The day opened with the intervention of the Director of the VITA-ITS New Technologies Foundation of VITA Stefano Chiellini, who presented the main results of the Needs Analysis 2022 – Life Sciences.
There is also space for the certificates of the companies involved and the graduates of the ITS courses, who completed the two-year training course with the acquisition of a professionalization diploma recognized by the Ministry, conferring the EQF Level V qualification in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and ICT sectors (Information-and communicationtechnologies). Training courses in which a total of 384 students have taken part since 2015 (the year ITS Vita was founded), 240 of whom are trained (206 with an ITS diploma and 34 with a specialization certificate) and which currently see 144 students in the classroom.
In addition, 219 students are to be reached in 2022 with the activation of three new courses. In 2021, in particular, 3 new ITS courses were activated and from 2020 the VITA Foundation became Manager of the Professional Technical Center (PTP) Health and activated, also in 2021, the first PTP course called FormVitalab – Science Training Laboratories Life. Finally, looking at the numerical performances, the data shows that in over 80% of the cases, the job arrives immediately after attending an ITS VITA course, with the percentages rising to 90% of those in work if we also take into account 10% of those who they are about to resume their studies with a college course. These are highly specialized and study-related jobs: In fact, 85% of the ITS Vita students have found a job in the life sciences.
“I congratulate the girls and boys who have completed this path and I am sure that they will appreciate the quality of training offered by ITS Vita – explains Alessandra Nardini, Councilor for Education and Training of the Region of Tuscany – ITS offers exceptional Opportunities, the figures in working conditions tell us that, and for this reason, as a Region of Tuscany, we intend to continue investing and to increase our involvement in the Higher Technical Institutes, and we will do this both through the European Structural Funds, I think in particular ESF, both with funding from the PNRR I am sure that the quality of the education and skills these girls and boys acquire will be critical to their careers and to the development of the life science supply chain that will serve the Development of our regional territory and the whole country is of strategic importance Higher technical e Education is an important tool to overcome the mismatch, the discrepancy between the supply and demand for work. For this reason – concludes Alessandra Nardini – we must do even more to make known the possibilities offered by ITS, starting with the orientation, because it is essential that female students can make an informed and conscious choice, given the existing training offer fully know. in our regional area “.
“ITS increasingly represent one of the pillars of our training system – explains Andrea Paolini, President of the VITA Foundation – The ITS Vita two-year courses are postgraduate professionalization paths that favor the integration of young people into the labor market. The real strength of ITS lies in the possibility of involving companies in the design of training courses. Thanks to the ability to respond to the needs of companies and, above all, to anticipate them, it is thanks to the fact that over 80% of graduates find a job immediately after graduation, and the employment is consistent with the studies and the work done Internship in the two-year course intended. The challenge, especially for the future, must be to invest the resources of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan to improve the organizational and teaching model, introduce reward criteria for the expansion of ITS pathways and for the development of technological skills and the Strengthening laboratories with 4.0 technologies and spreading the culture of science and technology”.
“Today is certainly a big celebration for our ITS, because the training of our young people is over – comments Stefano Chiellini, Director of the Vita Foundation – A moment to recognize their commitment and also to thank the companies that hosted them during the have internships and which for many of them have also become a job opportunity.From here we start with three new courses developed from the annual survey.These are paths that respect the skills required by companies and the professional figures with 4.0 -Enrich subjects. Our technicians, as is required in the world of work today, are trained to respond optimally in both the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields. Many companies have shown great interest in the paths we have developed. These are companies that who now know our work, thanks to their commitment both in teaching and because they have the opportunity had the opportunity to directly experience the high level of ability shown by our students in this area.