• COSP Giuseppe Manni

The Masterclass organised by COSP – Provincial Committee for School and Professional Orientation – and Manni Group has officially begun: the industrial Group based in Verona opens its doors to the students of Verona’s Technical Institutes to help them learn more about the professional opportunities available in the building sector.

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017 were the first two days of the Masterclass “Il mondo delle costruzioni” (The building world), an educational project organised by COSP Verona, the Provincial Committee for School and Professional Orientation, at Manni Group’s headquarters in Verona. The project involves 80 students in the fifth grade of the main Technical Institutes in the city and province – including Cangrande, Marconi and Anti – with a brand new format thanks to the partnership with “VIA! Veneto in Alternanza” of the Veneto Region.

The meeting on Wednesday afternoon was opened at the Palazzetto, Manni Group’s headquarters, by the President Giuseppe Manni, who explained to the students the importance of the Masterclass in order to guide the future choices of tomorrow’s workers: “Manni Group was founded 70 years ago,” he explained, “and it now has more than 1,000 employees in 21 production sites spread across Italy, Spain, Romania, Germany, Russia, Mexico, France, Morocco and the Czech Republic. Our goal is to offer solutions for a building sector where energy saving and environmental protection go hand in hand with safety. Today, we have a duty to consider these elements, especially in Italy, since, in the last five years, the country has sustained damage worth Euro 55 billion due to hydrogeological instability.”

A key element in the ongoing technological development process that characterises the activities of the Group’s companies is the development of the human resources and skills required to face the latest challenges: motivated and dynamic young people, who always have their suitcase ready and have gained a wealth of experience abroad to improve their foreign language skills. As the President pointed out: “In order to acquire new knowledge, you need to step outside your comfort zone and be curious.”

Know-how, i.e. practical knowledge, is essential in the Industry 2.0: “It is of crucial importance,” explained Nicola Bresciani, the Group’s Human Resources Manager. “New generations are expected to leave classrooms and enter factories and companies. The iGen, or Post-Millennials, i.e. young people born between 1995 and 2010, have a leg up on others: they have grown up in the modern technological age, using the Internet and social networks daily, but they will need to prove that they can use them also at work, and not just in personal life. And in this respect”, he concluded, “I can confirm that companies check all the social profiles of candidates.”

On the second day, the students had the opportunity to visit Manni Sipre in Mozzecane and Isopan in Trevenzuolo, where they delved into the steel processing business for the building sector and the sandwich panel market. On Thursday, 23 November, focus will be on renewable energies and energy efficiency with a visit to Manni Energy, whereas on 12 January, there will be a Learning Tour for the teachers.

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