Students with Foreign Origins in Italian IVET – Initial Vocational Education and Training: Pathways for Integration


The article presents the results of the research: 'Second-generation youth, vocational training, employability and active citizenship, 2013, developed through a quantitative survey with the self -administration of a questionnaire to an audience represented by 1840 pupils with foreign origins and 1835 native pupils, aged 14-19, in 124 Centers for Initial VET in Italy. The presence of students with a foreign origin in our educational systems is an emergent issue, both in the fields of sociology and educational studies in Italy. Although we have data and analysis on the presence and integration of foreign students in the school system, there is still much to explore and deepen in the domain of the Initial Vocational Education and Training, even considering that the presence of students with foreign origins in our educational system is equal to 30.3% nationally, with a large geographical variance, from 5% for the South and Islands, to 38% in the North West (33% in the North-East, 24% in the Center). This research therefore has the objective of analysing the phenomenon of the presence of second-generation youth in the initial vocational training, with reference to the following issues: expectations and characteristics of second generation youth; presence of support services; presence of activities promoting the transition to working life and to the full exercise of citizenship; use and command of Italian as Second Language. Starting from the research evidence, some policy recommendations are presented.

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Luisa Daniele, ISFOL, National Institute of Research VET and Labour Market, Italy

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Conference: ECE2016
Stream: Education for intercultural communication

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