A programme designed on behalf of Italy's National Federation of Craftsmen - Buon Lavoro - to give middle school/lower secondary students an intensive introduction to the world of work, focusing particularly on craftsmanship, self-employment and what it means to be an entrepreneur.
Purpose and process
Through 'learning by doing', to give students an insight into how small enterprises operate and to challenge stereotypical attitudes by ensuring they have direct contact with workers and workplaces. There are 4 steps to the programme which takes 12 hours to complete:
- Introduction to jobs and professions associated with craftsmanship and local SME'S company and firm;
- The game of trades - an investigation of the local labour market;
- An interview with an entrepreneur - an opportunity to find out about a specific job through direct contact with a practitioner;
- A visit to the entrepreneur's company - a chance to challenge assumptions and extend one's knowledge about the sector.
Schools are supplied with a range of resources to support the programme, including books, photos, posters, media press articles, communications tools and didactic games such as a toolkit for exploring different jobs and simulating the start-up of a small company.
- Experience their first real contact with the business world
- Learn about a range of jobs and different workplaces and explore opportunities for future employment
- Consider what it means to be a self-employed entrepreneur
- Gain first-hand knowledge of what craftspeople actually do and why they are important to the local, national and international economy. For schools, there is the benefit of building partnerships with the local business community.
Curricular or thematic relevance
An interdisciplinary project that can be used as part of students' careers education programme or linked to personal and social education, Citizenship or business studies.
How to organise:
The programme could be run partly during timetabled lessons and partly in extra-curricular time (for visits to/from the company)
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Students are asked to complete satisfaction questionnaires at the conclusion of the project; teachers are likely to monitor student ongoing progress through reflective discussion sessions and written accounts. They may also request feedback from the entrepreneurs.
The implementation of this project depends entirely on establishing and sustaining partnerships with individual entrepreneurs and their companies; minimum required commitment is an interview session which could take place either at the school or at company premises, and hosting a visit for students at the workplace.
For more information, visit: http://www.buonlavoro.biz/progetti.aspx?idprog=38
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