It’s called “Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro” literally “alternation of school and work”. It’s a young apprenticeship programme designed for girls and boys who attend the last three years of high school, made mandatory all over Italy since 2015.
Although it has been challenged and rediscussed over the years and even recently, the intent that it pursues is, in our opinion, virtuous: practical experience offers the opportunity to experiment with new activities and to focus better on one’s predispositions and ambitions.
It can’t fill the gap between schooling and the world of work, but it certainly allows to better understand how they both work and what they differ.
People who work in Desamanera believe in the strength of the experiences and, for this reason, the picture that you guys see on the top portrays Francesco Dalla Benetta, 18 years old, at our office during the two weeks provided by the project of Alternanza.
Francesco, tell us a little about yourself: where are you from, which school do you attend?
My name’s Francesco Dalla Benetta, I live in Rovigo and I attend the scientific high school of my city, “Liceo Scientifico P. Paleocapa”, with a focus on Applied Sciences. In September I will start the last year of school.
Have you already had experiences of Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro and / or work?
Yes I had, even if they were small experiences. Thanks to the project of Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro, last year I was a steward at Palazzo Roverella, an important palace in Rovigo that hosts exhibitions and cultural events, and I participated in a theater show. I also did something beyond the school, including taking part in organizing the activities of an important event of Rugby Rovigo Delta, “the world’s largest scrum”.
Before starting the Alternanza, what did you expect from this experience?
The Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro aims to bring students closer to the world of work and to introduce young people to working life; this is why I expected an operational framework. I was a little afraid to end up with only performing monotonous and repetitive activities, while I liked much more the idea of putting myself on the line.
The students can choose the company to ask to be hosted for the Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro. How did you know Desamanera and what prompted you to ask to carry out the Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro project right here?
Dr. Andrea Beretta, manager of Desamanera, is a friend of my father’s. He invited us to visit the company and I was very impressed by the innovative nature of its activities. In particular, the unusually large 3D printer and the stone powder printing technology behind it.