We have all realized how the pandemic impacted everything, including the education system. One heavily impacted aspect is the way students and the world of work interact. In Siemens Italy, in this last year full of challenges we found the way to confront this adversity offering many virtual initiatives to young people and schools in the areas where we operate. Some indicative numbers? Just in 2020 we reached 7000 students through our initiatives, and 80 of them were placed in our businesses.
The activities we launched aimed at fostering technical-scientific paths and create awareness of the skills of the future empowering at the same time our positioning as an attractive digital employer.
With which initiatives have we supported the orientation towards technical and scientific professions?
Factory Automation colleagues have carried out technology promotion of digital solutions involving more than 1,500 technical school students, 350 university students and around 2,500 teachers, equipping more than 35 laboratories.
Direct and continuous support was given to about 50 technical educational realities from North to South Italy by extending the use of more than a thousand design and simulation software licenses to students’ homes, and providing them with free access to training portals. This initiative carried out by colleagues in the Digital Industry Software division.
The Motion Control division held – in attendance, before February 2020 – the 9th edition of the machine tool course for 30 students in their 3rd year of engineering at the Milano Politecnico at the Piacenza DEX Technology Centre.
Focusing on the topic of career guidance, our Talent Acquisition team realized 5 online career guidance webinars offered to 20 technical colleges, reaching about 800 students in the 4th and 5th year. We described possible career paths, the skills needed and the best ways to approach the world of work.
Experimenting with the virtual environment
Using the possibilities offered by digitalization, we have converted the events and training projects we used to promote in person, into a virtual version, some examples are:
We held the 11th edition of the Automation Olympics in virtual mode for 150 high school students. For the fourth year, thanks to our colleagues of Siemens Mobility, we ensured participation in the Master of Infrastructures and Transport at the Sapienza University in Rome, for 35 engineering students, by means of virtual selections, lectures and examinations.
The 3rd edition of the Siemens Accademia Digitale was converted into a fully digital mode. This allowed us to reach over 3000 engineering undergraduates from the main Italian universities and to select 32 young people who took part in 8 modules relating to our digital technologies and carried out 10 business project works in virtual mode. This year we are about to repeat…with the 4th edition again in digital mode!
Empowering us for the future
Asking feedback is important to us: The students told us that they encountered an innovative and stimulating reality, full of future opportunities and professionalism. The colleagues involved had enriching and satisfying intergenerational experiences, also thanks to cross-collaboration. It was also a growth opportunity for them and a source of positive energy. In such adverse circumstances this empowering feedback helps us to face the new normal and its challenges and create opportunities out of any difficulty.