Did you know that after the theoretical training period in the classroom you can choose to spend your practical work experience at a farm that is a multifunctional farm? The compulsory school-work alternation aims to bring all the students of the last three years of high school closer to the world of work
and also to create reciprocal links between companies in a territory and future workers. At the moment it is still mandatory to complete the number of hours assigned to each school in order to be admitted to the final exams. If you attend a high school, you will have to do at least 200 hours, if a technical or vocational school the hours double, they are 400.
On the MIUR website (http://www.alternanza.miur.gov.it/allegati/2017/Carta-dei-diritti-e-dei-doveri.pdf) you can read the Charter of Rights and Duties of female students and alternating students, which in seven articles establishes the principles of dialogue and sharing in the school-family relationship; the reception of the working student in adequate and safe training environments that promote growth and that correspond to the choice of address made by the student. It is recognized the right to express a final assessment on the effectiveness and consistency of the path taken with respect to their own study area. A tutor must be present in each company. Student workers must be present for no less than three quarters of the scheduled hours, comply with the rules of hygiene, safety and health, and maintain confidentiality in relation to specific data and knowledge. Then there is the red button, a school supervisory commission responsible for monitoring compliance with the rules.
The law gives you the opportunity to spend your hours both during the school year and during the holiday periods, I recommend that you choose a place that knows how to stimulate you and make this experience as profitable as possible like on a farm or why not abroad . You can contact me by e-mail for information for both alternatives.
When you identify the company, the farm, the destination abroad, you can talk about it with your school tutor who is a professor who will follow you during your experience and check that it is carried out in compliance with the rules. You will reflect with him on your skills and attitudes and choose where to go. You will then do a preparation period during which the student will be informed about the health and safety regulations in the workplace. You will then meet the external tutor and sign the Training Agreement, a document with which you undertake to respect the rules of confidentiality and security. You will have a booklet in which to document your daily activities, it is a document shared with your teacher and with the tutor of the Italian or foreign farm or facility.
If you want to better orient yourself to maximize the learning skills and results of this important training experience, it is essential that you know the approach that each institution or company has to offer you. The risk is to spend 200 or 400 hours making photocopies or rearranging toolboxes. The structure that will host you has a social responsibility towards the school, the family and above all towards you. You have to look for a place where whether you are there or not change a lot, be there or not, this is the value. Someone who gives weight to your individuality, who offers you an activity that has an emotional substratum, who wants to listen to you and who puts you in a context of individual maturation. Because learning how to make a receipt or file photocopies, it will take a moment, but to understand how to direct your energies, frustrations, it takes a person willing to seek your uniqueness. Those who welcome a new worker must deal with the educational aspect that this action requires. Teaching to work, especially to a young person, is a very important process, because work takes up a lot of the time of our life and we must have the possibility to gradually create a relationship of love with it. Loving your job can determine our happiness. Working is a constant action that will accompany you for many years, choose a place where you can contribute with your euphoria and imagination, with your human contact to bring about changes towards people or perhaps towards animals. As you walk down the road to the horse shelters with the basket of carrots and apples, you will have time to talk, to remember, to layer your memory on the morning lesson at school. While you will be in the kitchen preparing breakfast for the foreign tourist, you will review the sentences to be pronounced at the table and you will recall the English lesson of the teacher. Whether you do this job or someone else does it, there is a big difference. Once the project is finished, the school and the host structure will produce a Certificate of Competence which recognizes which learning levels you have reached compared to those indicated in the Training Plan. You will need to summarize your personal experience in your Evaluation Form and if you need help please do not hesitate to contact me.