Tackling skill mismatch is one of the most important challenges for the current labour market and to combat youth unemployment in Italy. For this reason, Fondazione Sodalitas (Sodalitas Foundation) and JPMorgan Chase Foundation have decided to renew their collaboration by launching the second phase of the We4Youth project, with the aim of enhancing the training of soft skills and work orientation activities, through the consolidation of partnerships between schools and businesses, particularly in the most socially fragile contexts.
The project in its first phase (2017/2018) produced the first national research that analyzed 25 successful cases of work based learning experiences, followed by a roadshow to promote quality partnerships between school and company.
The second phase of the project - that will be developed in 2019/2020, thanks to the support of JPMorgan Chase Foundation - will see the creation of a platform for benchmarking partnerships for soft skills and guidance of students, carried out in co-design with companies and schools, followed by support to a pilot group of 10 schools for the improvement of their educational offerings. The whole project will be accompanied by an intense communication campaign aimed at young people to spread the positive value of work-based training.
A group of companies that consider commitment to the younger generations as a priority will support the Fondazione Sodalitas during the course of the project. To date, they have already joined: Brembo, Bureau Veritas, ENI, Hogan Lovells, La Fabbrica, Mitsubishi Electric, Randstad, Saint-Gobain, Sofidel, STMicroelectronics and UBS.