Meeting with the Minister of University and Research, Senator Anna Maria Bernini, at the headquarters of Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana in Treviso

Oscar Bernardi, president of Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana: A permanent and structured season of collaboration between business associations and universities must be started

Economy - published on 22 May 2024

Fonte: ufficio stampa Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana

Roberto Boschetto, president of Confartigianato Imprese Veneto: Given the shortage of manpower, the appeal is to search, within the university system, for professionalisation paths that are spendable in the enterprise and in close connection with the specificities of the territory.

The time is ripe to overcome the sterile and artificial opposition between the worlds of trades and professions and that of technological research. The union of these spheres is the key to accelerating innovative processes, to inaugurate an organic and osmotic relationship between crafts, universities and research centres’.
This was the leitmotif of the meeting with Senator Anna Maria Bernini, Minister of University and Research, outlined by Oscar Bernardi and Roberto Boschetto, presidents of Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana and Veneto. The meeting, which was held today in Treviso at the headquarters of the provincial association, was attended by the presidents and directors of the Mandamental Associations and the presidents of the trade communities.

A season of collaborations between business associations and universities must be launched in a permanent and structured manner, is the invitation issued by Oscar Bernardi, president of Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana. A concrete proposal that would allow, on the one hand, university research and development projects to find application and experimentation directly in the company, also through an exchange of know-how and skills between researchers and doctoral students and in-house personnel, and on the other hand would allow companies to draw new young and qualified resources from the universities, in line with the evolution of company business. It would therefore strengthen the collaboration between the public research system and the private business system.

It is no coincidence that Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana has partnerships with joint ventures in the area of territorial innovation ecosystems that promote technology transfer. In addition to autonomously activating collaboration experiences and projects with the Ca’ Foscari and IUAV universities of Venice on the topics of ecological transition and the transformation of trades.
As a demonstration of our commitment, added Oscar Bernardi, we have chosen to become members of ITS Mechatronic Veneto, because we believe that the presence of dynamic, open-minded, visionary young profiles is the added value that makes the difference between companies. I would also like to mention the important activity we carry out in upper secondary schools aimed at promoting dual apprenticeship, a method that facilitates the meeting between the world of work and school, the validity of which has been endorsed by significant PNRR allocations.

Universities are fundamental for development, echoed Mario Pozza, president of Unioncamere Veneto, also in the perspective of making territories attractive to research funding. This is where the central role of the representative associations comes in, which intercept the training needs of companies and workers well. Another point to take into consideration is the university dropout rate: an alternative could be higher technical institutes, with a close relationship between training and the business world.

The world of universities, ITS, research centres and higher education in art and music have a lot to do with craftsmanship. The key word is to work together. This is the general indication given by Minister Anna Maria Bernini. My commitment is to steer towards increasingly flexible training to meet the needs of the changing world of work. It is increasingly necessary to shorten the transition time from training to work. In this sense, universities are increasingly open to companies, with a more structured and virtuous relationship.

The crucial issue and the real emergency of this time, – highlighted Roberto Boschetto, president of Confartigianato imprese Veneto, is the shortage of skilled labour. For this reason, the appeal is to seek, within the university system, professionalisation paths that can be spent in the enterprise and in close connection with the specificities of the territory. Our companies are characterised by increasingly innovative professional profiles governing technological change on a daily basis and interpreting the economic, environmental and digital transformations of the production chain.’
Confartigianato emphasised that engineering courses of study, those related to specific food production, as well as social and health disciplines that provide technical and specialised skills, are just some of the examples that confirm how a course of study in line with the territory’s production reality can be directly spent within companies. ‘We also hope,’ added regional president Roberto Boschetto, ‘that the university system will incentivise the birth, growth and development of new university spin-offs and start-ups capable of translating the results of university research into entrepreneurial terms in order to develop innovative products or services at the service of local companies.

In order to make these opportunities accessible and usable, concludes provincial president Oscar Bernardi, streamlined and simple procedures designed for the small size should be defined, because to date we find that they are discouraging due to the bureaucratic burden that only large businesses are able to bear and deal with.

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