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The Italian Makers Project

Description

– Objectives: promoting the greater appreciation and re-launching of the artisans and craftsmen/tradesmen in the Lazio Region; creating new job opportunities for young people through the valorisation and innovation of the artisans job and craftsmanship in the Lazio Region.

– Methodology: the project’s methodology was based on the intergenerational approach both at school and in the workplace. The training included on-site sessions and e-learning modules for self-study.

– Activities:

Selection of project participants (artisans, students and teachers) and community building activities;

Development of Training Materials;

Training teachers and students in schools;

Workshops with artisans & INAIL (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work) experts in schools;

Organization of internships for students in artisans’ laboratories /ateliers/workshops /studios and small businesses enterprises + Maker Faire 2014;

Public awareness campaign to promote craftsmanship & digital manufacturing. From public events throughout the territory to the strengthening of the online community in order to become craftsmen of their own future and to believe “Yes, we can”.

Production of a documentary on the world of small trades business “Il lavoro non si cerca, si crea!” (You don’t go looking for work; you create it yourself!)
– Results/outcomes:

A total of 10 training-on-the-job internships of students with artisans (from 2 weeks to 2 months).

An example: Some students of the “Fashion School” followed an internship at “La Civetta Vanitosa” Laboratory with the artisan Filomena Tolino, which produces clothing, accessories and hand-made jewelry. After the internship, the students and the artisan attended the Innovation Gym FabLab and created a new line of jewels “GIX”, made with laser-cut in plexiglass. The project was exhibited at Maker Faire 2014 in Rome between the innovative projects of the artisans.

Project Documentary: You don’t go looking for work; you create it yourself! (in Italian)

Interim and final report;

Dedicated webpage on phyrtual.org: http://www.phyrtual.org/en/project/the-italian-makers

Communication and training materials.
– Impact: all the participants of the project are empowered: Youths gained awareness on the world of traditional crafts and trades, reconsidering the field as a future job opportunity; Artisans learn to introduce innovation within their daily work practice.

 

Area of intervention

– Country: Italy

– Region: Lazio Region

 

Organisation description

Fondazione Mondo Digitale

Type: public administration, association, company, etc. Foundation

 

Contact data

Contact data:

@ info@mondodigitale.org

Tel: +39 06/42014109

Web: www.mondodigitale.orghttp://www.phyrtual.org/en/project/the-italian-makers

 

Status date

01/10/2014

 

Status

Concluded

 

Status description

 

Type of intervention

Pilot Project, School Project, Informative Campaign, Training Course, Workplace Training, Community Iniciative

 

Other type of intervention

 

Intervention description

 

Target group

Description of the target group:

The Italian Makers involved 10 schools in the various provinces of the Lazio Region.

How were the members of the group selected?

The participants were selected through a research on the field on the most suitable schools according to the typical art and craft production of each territory.

 

Methodology

The project’s methodology was based on the intergenerational approach both at school and in the workplace. The training included on-site sessions and e-learning modules for self-study.

The learning path for the youngsters proposed a multi-disciplinary approach developing different skills and opportunities:

  1. Entrepreneurial ability: Acquiring familiarity with the craftsman’s work. Training is provided in the schools – skills required for the start-up of an artisan’s activity. The topics include: the sectors of handwork, workplace accident-prevention health and safety, business plan etc.
  2. Life-skills: Workshops on life-skills supported by micro-modules of digital learning for the identification and implementation of the project’s ideas. To survive in the 21st century, craftsmen must develop creativity, problem solving, communication and social skills, all of which must be reinforced by the mastery of new technologies.
  3. On-the-job trainings for the employment of young people in workshops and small and medium handicraft enterprises.

 

Innovative components

The project involved representatives of the old professions that are at risk of extinction, putting light on the job opportunities that may represent – in a renovated way – for the new generations.

The project also enhanced the opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and skills between different generations.

 

Resources

Human: Operational, technical and administrative staff of FMD; INAIL, CNA; Trainers and tutors; 24 craftsmen

Material: training materials; micro-modules; videos.

 

Budget

50.000 €

 

Financing

The project was funded by INAIL – National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work, Lazio Region Directorate.

 

Partners

The project involved local networks of artisans and schools.

 

Outputs

Project Documentary: You don’t go looking for work; you create it yourself! (in Italian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du4h7IIuNUY

“Create your own business: guidelines for students”;

Interim and final report;

Dedicated webpage on phyrtual.org: http://www.phyrtual.org/en/project/the-italian-makers

Communication and training materials.

 

 

Evaluation and swot analysis

– Strengths: valuing of the resources of the local territories; active involvement of the community.

– Weakness: too many students for the available internship opportunities.

– Opportunities: creating real job opportunities for young people.

– Threats: sustainable continuous funding for the following school years.

 

Sustainability

Still looking for new funds. Some key activities have been supported and implemented in other projects/transversal initiatives and events.

 

Impact and exploitation of the results

A virtuous circle of practices was enhanced: after the end of the project artisans kept on experimenting new manufacturing techniques for innovating their production together with the youngsters and makers attending the Innovation Gym of Fondazione Mondo Digitale.

 

Dissemination of results and public feedback

The project was promoted through a dedicated webpage on phyrtual.org: http://www.phyrtual.org/en/project/the-italian-makers and through an integrated information and dissemination campaign: FMD disseminated information on the project through its networks trough newsletters, news, social network posts and presenting the project at relevant events and conferences. Open days have been also regularly organized to showcase the results.