Automobili Lamborghini confirms the DESI project, now in its fifth year

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First day of school-to-work at Lamborghini for 24 students

Sant’Agata Bolognese, November 4, 2022 – Lamborghini continues to invest in education, in particular for the benefit of the younger generations. After the official start of classes in school last September, the DESI (Dual Education System Italy), now in its fifth year, will be moving for six months, starting on Thursday, November 3, from desks to Lamborghini’s special teaching rooms inside the Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters.

Launched in 2014, the DESI initiative involves Lamborghini and Ducati, the Emilia-Romagna Region and the Regional Scholastic Office of the Italian Ministry of Education, in conjunction with the unitary union representation (RSU) and the FIM, FIOM, and UILM trade unions of Bologna. Also for this school year, two new two-year pathways for transversal skills and orientation are planned for the fourth-year classes of the Aldini Valeriani high school of Bologna.

The goal is to enable 24 students of the two institutes in Bologna assigned to Lamborghini to acquire highly qualified and innovative technical and professional skills and earn a five-year vocational education diploma, based on a combined approach of theoretical classroom instruction and situational learning in the Company. With this project, Lamborghini will have the opportunity to train young students who can become qualified technicians for working in the company as well as the entire technology district of the so-called “Motor Valley”.

“We are very pleased with the success of this training program,” said Umberto Tossini, Chief Human Capital Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “At such a critical time for the future of our country, the strategic alliance between public and private entities creates real opportunities for personal and professional growth for our young people. The project centers on them, with their aspirations and needs, to prepare them to take advantage of the opportunities for work as well as further education —through the Higher Technical Institutes (ITS) and the university— which we along with the whole territory can offer.”

“As a unitary union representation body and on behalf of the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, we are equally proud to be key players in this project,” remarked Alberto Cocchi, coordinator of the RSU of Automobili Lamborghini. “The experience we offer these young people takes place in a protected environment, marked by a very high level of specialization guaranteed by the professionalism of our tutors. In a countrywide system in which school-work alternation is often subject to criticism, our common goal is to build a context in which professionalism, rights, and citizenship are nurtured and develop in unison.”

“The DESI project demonstrates how the integrated public-private system that Emilia-Romagna supports with conviction is able to meet —better than others— the educational needs of our young people, particularly in front of the challenges that the ecological and digital transition pose today,” stated Vincenzo Colla, Emilia-Romagna Region councilor in charge of economic development and the green economy, labor and training. “Putting boys and girls to the test and stimulating them in a real work environment while at the same time revealing the aptitudes of each one of them to the company guarantees that mutual knowledge preparatory to shaping quality skills and to generating good and steady employment.”

The fourth- and fifth-year classes of the professional course “Maintenance and Technical Assistance” offered by the two participating schools are engaged in an integrated project that includes both curricular and extracurricular hours. Forty-five percent of the hours are comprised of activities at Lamborghini’s training center and the remainder at the scholastic institutes. At the end of the course, students will earn a five-year Professional Diploma and receive certification of the skills they have attained along the pathway.