The first steps that led to the birth of the Italian Port & Logistics School Foundation were taken in December 2015 during the Intempo (SILP Founder) social reporting conference in Genoa, Italy.
The conference proceedings highlighted the increasing importance of training in port and logistics activities and the absence of an institutional national body able to satisfy the arising demand.
The starting point of the discussion was the survey carried out by Isfort (SILP Founder) on the Italian port system, which particularly focussed on labour conditions and the professional needs of terminal operators.
The study compared Italy with other European countries. It showed that in Germany, Holland and Belgium the best practises in vocational and professional training for dockers and logistics employees were carried out by national institutions, while in Italy initiatives sprawled across the country (with a port or regional dimension).
The new Italian port governance scheme published in the second half of 2016 – with a strong emphasis on national coordination and on the need of political commitment – highlights the gaps in the Italian port and logistics training system. In particular, it shows the need for:
- Specialized and advanced training programmes;
- National body for the collection of European Funds for vocational and professional training, with high competencies and prestige to compete with those of other European Countries;
- An independent no-profit body with a neutral attitude towards public and private institutions;
- Clear identification of a unique high-level group of operators with an extensive experience in the field of research, training and standards able to satisfy a large scale of training and upgrade of professional skill demand and to invest in the more advanced tools, such as simulators, to integrate theoretical and practical education;
- A high-level training institution able to strengthen the link between high school, university and shipping, port and logistics business cluster.
Start up and future activities
The SILP Foundation offers a “public arena” open to public and private institutions to discuss trends and changes in shipping, ports and in the logistics world.
The debates and discussions within the “SILP-arena” will be supported by research to outline the future market and innovation scenario.
To face this challenge the Foundation aims to:
- Create a strong network with all port and logistics stakeholders;
- Develop relationships with national and international public and private institutions dedicated to vocational and professional training and upgrading of professional skills in the port & logistics sector;
- Implement observatories on port and logistics evolution periodically publishing useful information and considerations;
- Fundraise to cover part of/or the total cost of the Foundation’s activities.
The main axes of study & analysis activities will concern the following aspects:
- Continuous improvement of safety and security work standards;
- Empowerment of public management;
- Assessment of public and private employees’ competences, taking into account the future market challenges;
- Continuous improvement of dock labour quality and efficiency on shore and offshore.