SEA ROUTES TO SUCCESS
In partnership with: Non Solo Vela – Associazione di Promozione Sociale
How to recover the tradition of training ships and tackle the issue of NEETs – young adults not Engaged in Employment or Training? The goal of Pathway through the sea, a project with a strong social impact created by Associazione Non Solo Vela is twofold.
Constantly aiming to promote the social betterment of Italian communities, Costa Crociere Foundation has offered its full support to this type of project.
“No-one must be left behind” was the ethical imperative of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) towards 2030 adopted last September.
However, the phenomenon of NEETs as an example of social groups at risk of isolation and/or deviant behavior seems to be widening worryingly. For the young adults belonging to this category, not being engaged in education and being unemployed for an extended amount of time can lead to the risk of not regaining access to the world of work, with negative personal as well as social consequences.
In Liguria, regional data about the people looking for occupation in the 2012-2014 time span marked a significant increase in the number of unemployed people which reached 45,000, and an increase of 21.6% when compared to the previous period (2010-2012).
How to invert this negative trend and give hope back to young people to build a bright future for themselves while also providing them with professional skills that can be used in the world of work? In the case of Genoa, whose history and fortunes have always been tightly connected to the sea, a possible solution is to offer an educational journey on sea-related careers.
To answer these needs, Associazione Non Solo Vela created Pathway through the sea: a training program addressing young NEETs from Genoa at risk of social and professional exclusion.
Through restoring in a modern way the pedagogical and educational tradition of the Italian training ships from the late XIX century, Pathway through the sea aims to provide its students with skills that can boost their opportunities to regain access to the world of work.
Pathway through the sea intends to use the charm and rehabilitative role of the sea to give the hope back to young adults willing to build strong professional foundations and distance themselves from a vicious circle of lack of self-confidence and unemployment.
In particular, the project addresses NEETs living in Genoa and aged between 18 and 25, both men and women, Italian or foreign, in possession of a regular residency permit and a junior high school diploma. Applications will be filtered in cooperation with the relevant local offices, such as employment centers with which Non Solo Vela has for a long time established a solid relationship. Among the necessary requirements, in addition to those that have already been listed, are a basic knowledge of English, the ability to swim and interest in this professional field.
The selection process will be followed by a training journey which will alternate theory and practice with classroom lessons, naval carpentry in the lab and time spent aboard ships. The outcome of these experiences will be twofold. On the one hand, students will be taught professional skills that they can use, while on the other hand collaborative skills essential for teamwork will also be developed.
Specific IMO courses will be provided, which are compulsory for crew members of vessels, and qualifications, certificates of attendance and licenses will also be issued. Among the subjects of the project are: first aid, marine rescue and survival, personal safety and social responsibility, basic fire prevention, security for crew members as well as courses for machinists and basic on-board cooking and catering courses. English and ICT lessons will also be taught with the aim of providing the students with all-round training and skills that can be used in other industries.
At the end of the course, trainees will do a three-month placement, the cost of which is going to be covered by the project. This is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to enhance their human resources potential by nurturing the talents of highly motivated young adults. For the participants, the placement will help them to put in practice the skills acquired along the training journey and put themselves to the test in the world of work, thus regaining self-confidence as they deal with new professional and personal challenges.