Tourism and agribusiness have their roots in the culture of the territory and represent an important productive source in terms of employability and added value: with more than 2,2 millions of job opportunities, tourism affects the national GDP by 9% (as reported by Federturismo 2015), and agribusiness with the production and distribution of food products, represents the 13,2% of the employees and the 8,7% of the national GDP.

In the Southern regions, tourism and agribusiness are at the center of the most recent political strategies of development, which are linked to the capacity of transforming the products of the territory into “touristic products” of excellence. This is functional to the valorization of the natural and historical/cultural heritage of the South of Italy, in a perspective that combines both tradition and innovation. The abovementioned sectors have acquired an undeniable European dimension. Tourism is facing demands for high quality services, new targets, new markets, both European and non-European.

The business needs

Hence, companies from the reference sectors, need to increase competitiveness and attractiveness by investing in an innovative tourism able to capture different requests from a wide range of international customers. On the same wavelength as tourism, Agribusiness operates on a European and international scale. Federalimentare, in the “Geographic Atlas of Italian food in the world” (2014) shows that production from one Italian company out of two, is destined to enter foreign markets: 80% of the Italian products circulating abroad is represented by fruit and vegetable sectors, wine, cheese and pasta.

In this scenario, the biggest problem is the lack of proper qualities and competences for sectors where flexibility and mobility are extremely important. New challenges confront the world of training and education:  didactic and training courses must be realized in order to integrate companies’ professional needs and students’ demands for a better orientation among the occupational possibilities that the future might present them.

The project is part of both a regional and transregional context where it appears very difficult to push young people towards the labour market and find the proper match between them and the required professional profiles. This is due to a skill mismatch between what young students learn at school and what companies actually require, that is a more specific-technical knowledge and also due to the need for models that will allow the international and equal recognition of European workforce competences and abilities.

“V.A.L.L.E.Y. – Vocational Alliance: from Learning to Labor for European Young” aims to create and experiment a model able to promote youth employability at a transregional level and make the school-to-work transition easier.

Formamentis, as proposing organization, is aware that this goal can be achieved through a solid alliance among all the stakeholders that share the same mission:  institutional and social stakeholders, schools and productive systems. This model should be able to develop long-lasting job placement strategies for young people and to promote the equal recognition of the acquired competences through the application of the ECVET methodologies and tools.

Main goals

  • The acquisition of technical-professional key competences within the reference sectors
  • Encouraging the learning and development of new languages
  • Promoting the development of transversal competences
  • Contributing to the validation and recognition of the professional competences in line with the standards established by the ECVET system
  • Increasing the employability level and the competitiveness of the productive system of the South of Italy

The beneficiaries are 150 youths residing in Campania, Puglia, Calabria and Basilicata. They will have the opportunity to carry out 120 days of professional internship in foreign companies located in different countries: United Kingdom, Spain, France, Ireland and Malta.