Author - Giorgia P.

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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Last summer Sunday, but it doesn’t seem so in Vicenza. Our new participants from Germany can enjoy the wonderful Italian weather and of course have a fruitful traineeship experience. This time we are hosting a metal worker, a plumber and a baker from three different chambers of handicraft.

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And here we go again! It is still summer here, but holidays are over. Let’s go back to work! The first September traineeships are quite original: Sarah is going to be part of the public office for Social Services of the municipality of Vicenza. Philip, Robin and Steven are nurses and do their traineeship in a centre for disabilities. Mio, from Liechtenstein, will practice in a garden centre specialized in olive trees. Have a great time!

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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



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



Electrician from Pfalz

Welcome in #Vicenza!

Thanks to the company that hosted him.

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Welcome Laura, a city employee from Köln

Enjoy summer in Vicenza! Thanks to the company that is hosting her: Comune di Vicenza – Ufficio delle politiche del lavoro

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