Author - Giorgia P.

New participants from Germany

Welcome to our new participants from Germany! From electricity and mechatronics to hairdressing, from construction to administration: you all will gain new competences for your future. Have a rich experience!

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Nuova Sida automatic turnery

We interview Giulia Zanetti, CEO and sales manager of Nuova Sida S.r.l., a company located in Camisano Vicentino, taken over by her father Carlo 27 years ago.

• What does your company do?
Our company is an automatic turnery specialized in turning small parts and mechanical components according to the customer’s design.

• What are your strengths?
Our company specializes in the production of lathed items in alloy steel, copper, aluminium and plastic. The large number of machines we are equipped with is surely an asset that allows us to meet the different production needs. The company is also certified according to the UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 quality standard and is getting ready to obtain the ISO 18001 certification for safety.

• How many employees do you have?
We have a total of 25 employees.

• What kind of customers do you have?
The numerous machines we have allow us to meet the needs of several sectors (mechanical field, plumbing industry, etc.). We therefore collaborate with local craftsmen as well as with large multinational groups. We have about 35% of foreign customers, most of whom are German (around 70%).

• How long have you been welcoming trainees? In which areas? From which country have you welcomed trainee so far? Would you possibly be available to welcome trainees in other areas (administrative, commercial, etc. …)?
It is in the collaboration between the experience of those who have been in the sector for decades and the innovation of the new generations that Nuova Sida creates its progress and gets ready for the future. We have therefore always welcomed Italian trainees and in the last 5 years, thanks to the collaboration with Eurocultura, European trainees too. The trainees, mainly from Germany and Spain, are included in the production area as they are mainly young people in training as metalworkers. It would be difficult for us to include trainees in other areas because the so-called “desk job” is closely linked to our internal management system and would therefore be unproductive and not very stimulating for them.

• Which are the tasks assigned to them? What can a trainee learn from you?
The trainees usually work alongside our employees in the management of CNC machines and they collaborate in the quality control of items in production using the main measuring instruments (calipers, micrometer, altimeter …). The trainee has therefore the opportunity to experience the high quality of the production process, the pride and joy of our company and of the Italian business scene in general.

• How do you organize the placement and the “follow-up” of the trainee?
The trainee works single shift, with a one-hour lunch break.
Usually the working hours are adapted to the timetables of public transport with which the trainee reaches our company.
He is supported by a supervisor, usually the head of the department, who is always there to oversee the work and to answer any doubt or need.
We also offer trainees a completely free canteen service throughout the period of the traineeship.

• How do the company’s employees react to the trainee?
Our employees have always cooperated with the management for a perfect integration of the trainee within the company. There is always a good atmosphere in the workshop and even those who do not have excellent linguistic knowledges have always managed to interact with the trainees without too much difficulty.

• How do you get on with trainees from Europe?
As you can see in our logo wave an Italian flag and a European flag, this means that Nuova Sida is a company that does not want to close within its borders and that in recent years has increased its relationship with foreign markets, above all the German one.
Welcoming European trainees is therefore an enrichment for us and we must recognize that so far we have always had very well prepared and diligent young people.

• Does your staff speak English?
We have 2 reference persons in our foreign customer service, who speak very well English and they are always there. In the workshop the staff does not speak perfect English, but it has always been able to communicate with the trainees and the language problem has always been overcome.

• Tell us something funny that happened to you!
It’s to me funny that many of the trainees we had, among all the good and beautiful things of our territory, have not failed to visit the main distilleries of Vicenza to taste our grappa. And I can’t blame them!

 

Interviewer: Federica Perazzolo, Eurocultura

30/07/2018

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A great experience in international cooperation

We interviewed Barbara Elia, head of the financial department of ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy.

• What does your association do? What is your mission?

ALDA is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting good governance and citizen participation at a local level. It therefore focuses on activities that facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society. It has been active in the European Union and in neighboring countries since 1999, coordinating 14 Local Democracy Agencies (born in the Balkans after the war) and 3 operational partners.
The activities of ALDA help to increase citizens’ understanding and sense of belonging to the European Union and stimulate intercultural dialogue and civic participation. This is done mainly through four main pillars: citizenship, culture, education and volunteering; social issues; empowerment and employment of young people; health and environment.

• How is ALDA hierarchically organized? How many people make up your staff?

The operational staff of ALDA consists of 25 people and the Governing Board of 15 people. The office of the Secretary General and the office in charge of the Europe area are based in Brussels; the development, administrative, financial, logistic and communication offices are located in Vicenza; then there are the Strasbourg office, mainly dedicated to the Mediterranean area (North Africa) and to relations with France, the office of Subotica (Serbia) which deals with the Balkan area and the Skopje office (Macedonia), a branch of ALDA.

• What makes you a centre of European excellence?

We are undoubtedly one of the most important stakeholders in the field of local democracy, active citizenship and cooperation between local authorities and civil society. We also have a very developed network throughout Europe.

• What kind of partners do you work with?

We collaborate with European institutions, local authorities, non-profit organizations.

• How long have you been welcoming trainees? In which areas? From which country have you welcomed so far?

For such a long time! I do not remember accurately but at least for 10 years.
So far we have welcomed many trainees, mainly Spaniards and Germans, in the administrative / financial area and also one in the communication office.

• Which are the tasks assigned to them? What can a trainee learn from you?

With regard to the financial / administrative department, the trainee usually joins the accounting colleague carrying out the following tasks: inserting and filing invoices, support in financial reporting of projects, accounting of banks, secretarial activities.
Here, a trainee can learn a lot: flexibility, autonomy, meeting deadlines, team work, multitasking. Fundamental skills that will then help him/her to juggle the world of work.

• How do you organize the placement and the “follow-up” of the trainee?

Usually the first day we provide the trainee with a general overview about who we are and what we do. Then he is trained by an expert colleague in the field and he/she is assigned the first simple tasks. Generally, there is always a supervisor and a couple of briefings are made too. We work single shift, with a short lunch break that most of the time the trainee spends in the office with other colleagues.

• How do the other colleagues react to the trainee? How do you get on with trainees from Europe?

Relationships with colleagues are always good and in some cases the trainees have offered input on certain topics that have proved to be interesting and useful for us. They are obviously a bit inexperienced as regards the organization of work, but they know how to use all the necessary IT tools very well. Overall, therefore, we have always had very positive experiences with European trainees. For young trainees in Vicenza the international and very informal environment of ALDA is often considered an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth … in a funny context!

• Does your staff speak English? Do you think it is possible to organize traineeships only in English at your association?

We all speak English (also French and some Spanish), a fundamental language to communicate with our European colleagues and partners. It is therefore absolutely possible to organize traineeships only in English at our association.

• Tell us something funny that happened to you!

As I have already said, the experiences have always been positive, but one particularly impressed me. Last year, a trainee wrote for each of us a personalized phrase on a note that he then gave to us at the end of his traineeship. It was a very nice and appreciated gift!

Interview: Federica Perazzolo, Eurocultura

14/08/2018

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Beauty and well-being in the heart of Vicenza

Today we talk with Monica Borin, manager and technical director of Oasi Rejuve, a medical beauty center in the heart of Vicenza.

• What does your company do?
Oasi Rejuve is a beauty and wellness center specializing in facial, body and permanent depilation treatments. It is part of Biotec Italia S.r.l., a company located in Dueville (VI), which has been operating for about 20 years in the production of medical and aesthetic technologies.

• How many employees do you have?
In the beauty center of Vicenza we are 3, but if we take into consideration also the Dueville headquarters we get to 40 employees.

• What are your areas of excellence?
What differentiates us is certainly the uniqueness of our treatments performed using the latest technologies such as, for example, diode laser, radiofrequency, microdermabrasion…

• What kind of customers do you have?
Our clientele is medium/high end. It is made up of around 70% of women and 30% of men. We also have about 10% of American customers.

• How long have you been welcoming trainees? In which areas? From which country have you welcomed so far? Would you possibly be available to welcome trainee in other areas?
We have been welcoming trainee as beauticians for a couple of years. In addition to the Italian ones we had, thanks to the collaboration with Eurocultura, girls from Spain and Poland. We would gladly welcome trainees in other areas, such as administration / reception or warehouse.

• Which are the tasks assigned to them? What can a trainee learn from you?
It depends on the abilities of the single person, however, usually at the beginning we entrust them with basic tasks, such as the arrangement of the cabins or assistance to the co-workers. They can also attend any treatment and receive all the explanations they need. As they become more familiar with the use of the equipment we give them the opportunity to carry out whole treatments independently, which are offered as a gift to the customers.
In our center we do not provide basic aesthetic treatments (wax, pedicure, manicure), but innovative treatments with constantly updated technologies. Trainees therefore have the opportunity to learn how to use technologically advanced machinery that training schools often do not have. Moreover, they sometimes take part in specialization courses, obtaining certificates that can also be spent in their country.

• How do you get on with trainees from Europe? How do the company’s employees react to the trainee? And the customers?
Overall we have always had good experiences with European trainees and in general we consider their presence an enrichment. For the employees, the
trainee is always a very appreciated aid. He/she is treated equally and there is therefore a relaxed and informal atmosphere that allows the establishment of excellent relationships.
Customers have always reacted positively to the trainees too, and in some cases they explicitly requested that the treatment was carried out by them.

• Does your staff speak English? Do you think it is possible to organize traineeships only in English at your company?
One of our employees speaks English very well, and more generally I can say that we have never had big problems from a linguistic point of view. In my opinion, it is therefore possible to organize traineeships only in English at our center.

• Tell us something funny that happened to you!
I do not remember an anecdote in particular but what I find nice is to meet all together during lunch or when we have some free time and have a chat, to get to know each other better and share our experiences. This is also important to settle in and feel comfortable in another country … and then some moments of relaxation every so often are necessary!

Interviewer: Federica Perazzolo, Eurocultura

10/08/2018

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Tailors from Germany

Welcome to 4 tailors from the Max-Eyth-Schule in Alsfeld, and to two of their teachers. The Italian fashion has a lot to offer! Make the most of your traineeship in our arts and crafts and… enjoy!

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Working with disability

We interview Cristina Gori, coordinator of the center “Il Giardino dei Tigli” located in Altavilla Vicentina, which is part of the “Papa Luciani” multi-purpose center managed by the Cooperativa Sociale di Solidarietà Promozione Lavoro.

• What does your center do? What is your mission?
This is a residential community for people with severe disabilities acquired in adulthood following all kinds of traumas and degenerative diseases.
Since our patients have suffered an unexpected shock that has disrupted their daily lives, what we set ourselves is their return to a life as autonomous as possible through the reconstruction of personality and social role.

• How many beds do you offer? How many employees do you have?
We have a total of 20 beds, of which 19 for long-stay and 1 for short-stay. There are about 30 employees, including 20 medical professionals, plus administrative staff.

• What are the characteristics that make you a centre of excellence in your field?
We are the only community in Veneto specifically designed for people with acquired brain injuries. After a first experimental period of 3 years, from 2015 we are in fact included among the services offered by ULSS 8 Berica (our local health unit), even exceeding the regional standard regarding personnel, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
What then stands out is our organizational model: there is a close collaboration between all professionals and a horizontal-type global vision.

• How long have you been welcoming trainees? In which areas? From which country have you welcomed trainees so far?
We have been welcoming Italian trainees since 2015 and in 2016 we started the collaboration with Eurocultura, hosting so far German trainees as nurses, occupational therapists, social-health workers.

• Which are the tasks assigned to them? What can a trainee learn from you?
In addition to all the tasks that concern their job, we try to offer the trainees a 360° view on our working method focused on teamwork. They can also deepen their knowledge on head injury and relate with people who have suffered it, realizing firsthand what it entails.

• How do you organize the placement and the “follow-up” of the trainee?
During the first interview, general information about the structure and the work schedule is given to the trainees. They can have day shifts or afternoon shifts. We mentoring the trainee throughout the entire traineeship, that means
supervision is constant. The trainees can also take part in regular team meetings involving all medical staff.

• How do the employees react to the trainees? And the patients?
The trainees have always been well welcomed by other colleagues and immediately integrated into the team. For us they are an enrichment, as they allow us, for example, to come into contact with a different way of working, but also represent a valuable source of new incentives for patients, who have always reacted very well to their presence.

• Tell us something funny that happened to you!
We always have a laugh with the trainees when they make linguistic gaffes! And then I find it surprising how some of our patients with serious difficulties to express themselves are able to tie up with trainees who barely speak Italian, to the point of finding them more than once together smoking a cigarette in the smoking areas during the break!

 

Interviewer: Federica Perazzolo, Eurocultura

03/08/2018

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Maria De Toni: the excellence of Italian handcrafted jewellery

We interviewed Maria Loretta De Toni, “jewellery stylist”, founder and president of Maria De Toni S.r.l., a goldsmith company based in Sandrigo (VI).

• What does your company do?
Our company deals with the design and production of gold jewelry in the different carats, which we then export internationally.

• What are your strengths?
We certainly excel in the quality of the product we offer: our jewels characterized by workmanship with exclusive handmade finishes and enriched with semi-precious stones. Specifically, the Maria De Toni brand includes high-design gold jewelry inspired by the peoples and cultures in the world, while the Auritalia brand enhances the Venetian tradition through typical processes of our territory.

• How many employees do you have?
We have about fifteen employees.

• What kind of clients do you have?
Mostly international. 96% of our products are exported to Europe, Middle and Far East, North and South America, through distributors, chain stores and single points of sale.

• How long have you been welcoming trainees? In which areas? From which country have you welcomed so far? Would you possibly be available to welcome trainee in the production area?

We have been collaborating with a local school for years and since 2012 we also welcome Eurocultura trainees. So far we have had Spaniards and Germans in the design, administration and commercial areas. We are always willing to welcome trainees in all areas.

• Which are the tasks assigned to them? What can a trainee learn from you?
Initially, simple tasks are entrusted to the trainees, such as, for the administrative area, data entry, mailing list management, etc. We then gradually increase the quantity and complexity of the tasks to provide them with a wide-ranging training that also includes, for example, ATA carnet request, weighing of goods, shipment preparation etc. We always give the trainees the opportunity to deal with different areas so that they can acquire the competence of multitasking, ie the ability to do more things at the same time, which is nowadays fundamental in the world of work and, if practiced, allows to reach the excellence that distinguishes the made in Italy approach.

• How do you organize the placement and the “follow-up” of the trainee?
The trainee works both morning and afternoon, as we close for the lunch break, but we always try to adapt the working hours to that of public transport with which the trainee reaches the company. On the first day we give the trainee a plan divided by areas (administrative, commercial, marketing, etc.) with specific tasks to be carried out. The trainee is always flanked with other colleagues, under my constant supervision (or that of a substitute when I’m abroad). In addition, every Monday there is a briefing for monitoring activities and weekly planning.

• How do the company’s employees react to the trainee?
The company’s employees always react very well, they appreciate the assistance of the trainees and recognize their usefulness. They also have the opportunity to practice different foreign languages, which is not a small advantage, considering the fact that we sell our products mainly abroad.

• How do you get on with trainees from Europe?
European trainees are certainly an enrichment and a stimulus. Company’s employees can learn a lot from them and with them, including mainly teamwork. The preparation of European trainees is usually very good and it has already happened, for example, that some solutions introduced by a trainee proved to be very efficient and are therefore still applied.

• Does your staff speak English? Do you think it is possible to organize traineeships only in English at your company?
All of our staff speaks English, so I see no obstacles to the realization of internships in English only.

• Tell us something funny that happened to you!
Over the years there have been many funny episodes, for example some German trainees to not be late for the first day of work took a taxi from Vicenza to Sandrigo, something unthinkable for us and that made us smile. Or we had a young employee who fell in love with a Spanish trainee and decided to give up everything to go and live with her in Spain.

Interviewer: Federica Perazzolo, Eurocultura

07/08/2018

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Electrician from Pfalz

Welcome in #Vicenza!

Thanks to the company that hosted him.

#erasmuseurocultura #learningmobility #mobilitymadeinItaly

@EUErasmusPlusProgramme @ErasmusPlusIta

@mobilitaetsberatung @BerufsbildungohneGrenzen

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