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Cultural heritage restauration helps young people build unique career

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(c) Eleonora Karsan

Today’s visit by Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, highlighted how projects funded by the European Social Fund  (ESF) are helping disadvantaged young people to gain new skills and opportunities.

Veneto per i Beni Culturali (IVBC) is currently undertaking extensive work to renovate the 17th-century Palazzo Corner Mocenigo and numerous historically significant buildings, including the San Rocco church in Venice. The project takes place as part of a restoration programme in one of Italy’s most culturally vibrant areas.And what’s unique about this restoration project, is that it has engaged young interns who are following its training programme to carry out the work.

The IVBC’s work is very technical, offering young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) the chance to learn a trade that will offer job opportunities in today’s labour market.  Participants, who are mostly unemployed, are first taught how to handle the work as part of a classroom course.  Afterwards, they develop expertise through a specialised internship – offering on-the-job training to build their knowledge.   

The IVBC offers numerous paths for young people and adults to develop their careers – including multi-year training courses in cultural heritage restoration, international mobility schemes, networking activities and access to cultural projects.  Moreover, the organisation supports participants in active job searches, and works in partnership with job placement courses such as the Commission’s flagship programme, the Youth Guarantee

The project receives financial support from the European Social Fund and provides an excellent example  how ESF projects can build vocational education and training that takes into account what expertise employers will be looking for in European labour markets.