Active collaboration of Assarmatori at the OrientaMenti Salone 2019. Messina says: “Very close relationship between the companies of the sea and training schools.”

Three full meeting days stimulated by reflections, ideas and opportunities focused between the demand and supply of professionals in the Ligurian territory. This is “OrientaMenti 2019”, the School of Training, Orientation and Work Exhibition that has reached its twenty-fourth edition this year. The event, which took place at the Old Port of Genoa, saw a careful organization coordinated by the Liguria Region and the organizing committee composed of the Municipality of Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, University of Genoa, Regional School Office and Chamber of Trade and in very close collaboration with the MIUR and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies.

Assarmatori also wanted to contribute to this important event by actively collaborating with the Liguria Region and the Ministry of Education, and with President Stefano Messina speaking on the third day of work focusing on the theme of “Sea Professions” and on the “Supply Chain training of ports and the sea ”and presenting the best practices of the companies associated with Shippers operating in Europe, as well as overseas, to gain experience on the job within the paths of the Blue Economy.

“The relationship between the companies of the sea and training schools is very close – said President Messina in his speech – We all need expert personnel and the tradition of Italian schools is very high, in line with the global trends they demand increasingly qualified and experienced staff. According to projections by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the international market will need 92,000 officers in 2020 and 147,500 in 2025. And, of course, the scope for employment growth are much wider. Although the sample is limited to a single region with a high maritime vocation, Liguria, the data recently released by the Councilor for Education and Youth Policies Ilaria Cavo are very interesting. The training courses dedicated to the Blue Economy by the Region have had a great success, it was expected that at the end of the 180 days of the course 30% of the participants would find work, while in the end 77% of the participants in the last call were hired, which means that 360 out of 469 young people have already found employment in shipbuilding, the cruise sector, and in tourism”.

During the morning, the President Messina also met the Governor of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti, the Regional Councilor for the formation, Ilaria Cavo, and the dott.ssa Rosanna Bonanni, representative of the MIUR.

“Our commitment to this event – the words of President Toti – is, in a particular way, to foster the encounter between local businesses, which are looking for specific professionals, and young people entering the work world. In Liguria there are many opportunities that are offered in the field of tourism and the blue economy that are the fundamental assets of our region. What is certain is that from OrientaMenti, a show that, in a certain sense, is set up as a real Career day, young people can also go out with a job offer in their pocket and look at their future with greater confidence”.

An exhibition dedicated to know-how – explains Councilor Cavo – and how to prepare young people for the skills required by the business world. From a survey disclosed to Ligurian companies that offered their collaboration to the success of this year’s event, it can be seen that the professions for which it will be difficult to find personnel are mainly technical ones (industrial workers, toolmakers, industrial mechanics, plumbers, electrical system installers), and those related to the blue economy. In the latter case, the figures required but lacking concern shipbuilding or electricians, welders, smelters. As far as company 4.0 is concerned, there is a lack of technicians of various types (chemists, experts in digital applications, industrial designers). This data fits coherently into this show and supports the indications we are giving to the students not to neglect technical knowledge, because it is not secondary or marginal”.