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20 September 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:18 GMT+2

July 19, 2021

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Confitarma underlines the need to protect ITS of the maritime sector, guaranteeing them full autonomy

Appreciation for the bill before the House

The Italian Confederation of Shipowners (Confitarma) has expressed its the need to protect the Higher Technical Institutes of the maritime sector as excellence of the training system and institutions who, since their establishment, have trained over two thousand students, with an employment rate close to 100%. The association The shipowners pointed out that it was possible to obtain these important results thanks to training courses aimed at to respond to the specific needs of the sector, which have enabled seafarers to achieve a high level of professionalization.

In this regard, Confitarma, remembering that it has always been in favour of a reform aimed at strengthening ITS, he expressed appreciation for the contents of the bill "Redefining the mission and organization of the Higher technical education and training system in implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR)" which unifies six proposals for own-initiative laws in a single text parliamentary. In particular, the Italian Confederation of Shipowners has welcomed the recent introduction of amendments to the original text of the measure, also supported by Confindustria, «because - explained Confitarma - with they recognize the close connection of ITS with the companies in the reference sector while strengthening the role of of the enterprises in the ITS foundations themselves. It also comes, rebalanced the relationship with the universities, leaving full autonomy to ITS and enhancing their activity for the purposes accreditation with the Regions and the relative obtaining of public funds'.

In this regard, Confitarma recalled that it had always supported 'the need to give ITS an identity the flexibility shown by such institutions in being able to respond to the specific needs of the Labor market is a strength that can not be subordinated to other training systems and processes, and Educational. This - the Confederation pointed out - is all the more necessary for the maritime industry, where the Training for working on board ships is of character mandatory, is governed by national regulations and international and, after a three-year course in ITS, ends with a unified exam for the achievement of both the Technical Diploma Superior of both the Certificate of Competence of Deck Officer or machine".

For Confitarma, moreover, during the discussion It would also be appropriate to introduce measures aimed at untying ITS from the funding system on the basis of calls for tenders annual, in order to allow an adequate planning of the courses guaranteeing the certainty of training continuity. Confitarma expressed the hope that, therefore, the parliamentary process of the measure currently under discussion in the Chamber of Deputies deputies, which will then have to pass to the Senate, "may finally give its that organic reform necessary for provide young people with the skills actually required by the the labour market and not to waste the opportunity that the Draghi government has made available in the PNRR, which provides resources for 1.5 billion over five years. In this context - he remarked the Confederation - training in response to the needs of the companies will produce very positive effects on the employment of Italian seafarers and, therefore, offer further maritime career opportunities for the new generations».

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