How I weigh a piece of spaghetti for you. The bridge between school and work –

from Valentina Santarpia

The Demos Foundation in Molise prepares young people from ITS for placement in the company. President Rossella Ferro: “78% of those who complete their studies have a job”. The secret? The close relationship with companies that demand ad hoc professionalism

Can weighing spaghetti to perfection with an optical reader become a challenge that achieves the magical combination of training, innovation and entrepreneurship? In Molise, the answer is yes: it THEM AND US. Foundation (acronym for Molise Economic Take-off Development), headed by the Higher Technical Institute for Higher Education for New Technologies for Made in Italy in the agri-food sector, challenges such as these have won several in the last eight years. Since when Rossella Ferro, La Molisana Marketing Director, accepted the post of chairman. “When I received the request from Confindustria, the institute was abandoned too dead: it was in the red zone – Ferro explains – and that is to say, it had all the parameters that Indire had set low and risked closure.. We now have 78% of students who, after leaving our school, find a job“. Not a surprising success, achieved in collaboration with the other partners of the Foundation, Campobasso Province, the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Molise, the educational body CSFO, the Union of Municipalities of Tappino, the Genus Consulting Group. And thanks to a marked activism of Molisana- the contractors: the production manager, Flavio Ferro, provided the necessary figures for the company, which had to be replaced, and the education of students in the areas oriented. “In practice, the students already had a job as soon as they finished their studies because the competencies were such that they could be admitted immediately,” he explains excitedly. Maria Laura Cosimi, general coordinator for Its of Molise.

New hires

The two-year course of study absorbs 50 new students each year. Not only graduates but also graduates: Two of those who take advantage of the startup course have launched their own business in oil after graduation. But the agri-food sector is not the only area: When the Molise region, which has competence in the three-year training plan, asked to extend the training to other technologies, unexpected worlds opened up: “Neuromed – Cosimi explains – he asked us to think of a course to create a figure in the field of biomedicine, between researcher and computer scientist, digital health strategist.
Another company, Fratelli Valerio, asked us to train staff for the conversion of plastic polymers into substances, because it owns a large garbage factory ». A positive circuit to invest in: “I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Me, my brother and my cousins ​​are fourth generation, and we had already paved the way, so – concludes Ferro – we followed the path by studying and preparing in this sense. Today I believe that children need well-constructed guidance, especially in the final years of high school to understand your own inclinations. Seeing the young people grow and establish themselves in the company is a source of great satisfaction because it gives us the indication, the route and confirms that the work performed as ITS strengthens the education of the students who transfer it to the company, which creates competitiveness “.

Design thinking

It’s not just an empathic modality, but a strategy: thanks to a collaboration with Ca ‘Foscari, The foundation has adopted the Design Thinking method, which trains to understand the critical issues in order to arrive at complex solutions. Two ITS projects, also presented at the innovation fair Maker Fairepatentable: the ability to peel almonds with ultrasound used in aesthetics and to weigh spaghetti with an optical reader. The first idea was born out of an inquiry from the Papa confectionery factory, which had a problem with almonds, as during the blanching, they split in two and were no longer usable for confetti. The second project was born out of a request from a Japanese company that needed pasta calibrated to very precise parameters. Calibrating the weight of a spaghetti was also a challenge for Molisana. Solved thanks to research from ITS.

July 20, 2022 (change July 20, 2022 | 17:46)

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