The new Educational Centre for wood and furniture sector: training new young professionals

09 May 2012 by Andrea Brega

One of the more serious issues felt by firms in the wood and furniture sector is that of training. The evolution of the industry has in fact led to a growing demand for specialised professionals whose training requires skills and newly developed tools.

As a result of this necessity, four years ago FederlegnoArredo and Aslam (Associazione Scuole Lavoro Alto Milanese) began to think about the creation of an Educational Centre for Wood and Furniture which was officially presented to the press last week at the Chamber of Commerce of Monza and Brianza. The new school will be based in Seveso and will offer a real opportunity to businesses in the area (almost 6 thousand between Monza and Como with a density of 9 companies per square kilometre), which, as always, tend to hire those with some experience. And experience is something the young individuals will acquire in the new school through targeted quality training, but above all thanks to the ability to gain work experience in companies that are members of FederlegnoArredo.

“In this period of uncertainty, political, economic and institutional crisis”,  said Carlo Edoardo Valli, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Monza Brianza, “engaging in an ambitious project such as the Educational Centre for Wood and Furniture is a challenge for the territory, able to instill confidence and to project ourselves into the future. For Brianza it represents added value, the ability to preserve, pass on and grow their develop skills in the wood furniture already sector that already exist in the territory. In this project, the Chamber of Commerce will be committed to taking part, because it is only by believing in the individual that we can ensure recovery”.

“This is an important project”, added Giovanni De Ponti, CEO of FederlegnoArredo, “in which our federation will be involved in the planning, while the administrative, educational and didactic aspects will be carried out by Aslam, which has been involved in vocational training for the past  fifteen year s and which has earned a prominent place in the educational landscape in the region thanks to the ability to enhance professions that are wrongly considered less noble”.

“We have chosen”, recalled Angelo Candiani, President of Aslam, “to use teachers and companies willing to devote time to the education of young people for these trades. Do not forget that our course will be a serious alternative to high school. For companies not only need skilled workers, but especially young people able to use industrial machines for the automatisation of production. The new training centre will also include parts of the Higher Technical Instruction curriculum for at least 2,000 hours to done after the diploma, designed for skills and issed in modules that will give training credits and continuity with the university”. To this, it was explained, one could also add the ‘Development of Creative European Districts’ project currently under review by the Industrial Commission of the European Commission, which has issued an ad hoc call for funding of its promotion.

“I am pleased that the challenge we took on four years ago emerging from the needs of our companies has finally become a reality”, said Giovanni Anzani, president of Assarredo. “I am sure that thanks to the school we will be able to bring together the world of work and the world of education, aspects that represent the recipe for the success of Italian manufacturing, but which need to be strengthened to meet the challenges awaiting us in the future. To ensure that this happens, we will have an increasing need for skilled technicians and sales experts able to go around the world to seize the great opportunities the market offers”.

The educational centre for wood and furniture in Brianza will therefore not be just a school but a place for the training and the meeting of the local stakeholders,  created with the goal of becoming a true “service centre  for the companies in the surrounding area”.  This result has been achieved thanks to the support of the Lombardy Region, the Province and the local offices of Confindustria and the Chamber of Commerce of Monza and Brianza.