IIS Brunelleschi da Vinci (Italy)

Apprenticeship Experiences Abroad. Project “T.R.E.E.” – Territory Research Environment Ecology: A good practice from Italy

An interesting  postgraduate apprenticeship project has just been concluded: project T.R.E.E.- Territory Research Environment Ecology . It has allowed many students of the Institute of higher education Filippo Brunelleschi – Leonardo da Vinci in Frosinone (close to Rome) to experience a truly unique experience.

The project, which was born under the ERASMUS + KA1 VET Learners and Staff Mobility Program, was promoted by the Liri-Garigliano and Volturno River Basin Authorities in partnership with some italian high schools.

The sector involved in the project was the technological one for surveying in particular Construction, Environment, Territory, a wide range of studies that cannot be compared with other  European countries but is an Italian prerogative.

 More than 105 young people in the environmental field have benefited from the scholarship and have spent 17 consecutive weeks, about 4 months, in foreign countries. The internships offered included the following areas: Environmental protection; Control and maintenance of the territory for the purpose of mitigating the hydrogeological risk; Waste treatment; Local development; Water distribution and purification.

Internships abroad have achieved the following objectives:  increase practical-operational skills ; improve the ability of analysis, problem solving, communication, predisposition to change and  adaptation to the work environment and to new realities, due naturally to the lack of empirical experience; refine language skills and knowledge.

Pupils have acquired soft skills, have learned how  be invested effectively in a work environment, or in a teamwork, how  solve everyday problems,  how  use their skills to deal with and solve problems both in the field of work and in everyday life.

The countries involved in the internships were: United Kingdom (London), Spain (Valentia) and Malta (Valletta).

The students successfully completed the experience and many of them were requested by foreign companies to continue with a new internship period for recruitment.

The enthusiasm of the students returning to Italy is the proof that the project has achieved an excellent result and we hope it will continue in the coming years.