SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS IN ITALY IS A REALITY: D’AGARO INTERVIEW

The transport and logistics sector, in Italy, suffers from a lack of drivers: there are no Italians ready to do the job. D’Agaro (of the trucking company of the same name) would have no problem hiring foreign staff, even Afghans, as long as they have experience and can speak the main foreign languages.

‘We would have no problem with that, as long as they have experience in the industry and know how to communicate in the main foreign languages,’ explains Angelo D’Agaro, president.

This could also appear as a warning: companies in the mountain area are looking for workers who could settle in the area and thus increase the population.

The transport sector must also come to terms with the Gree Pass node.

A decision by the government regarding the use of the Green Pass on transport is expected in the days to come, while the world of work is split between those who would like to make certification mandatory for workers and those who are against imposing the vaccine.

That’s the philosophy adopted at D’Agaro Trasporti in Amaro, the company with more than 90 years of history that has continued to reach Europe in addition to the rest of Italy in recent months, performing its essential service. “In a year and a half of pandemic, we haven’t had a single case in the company, despite our continuous travels to Europe as well,” confirms president Angelo D’Agaro, who has a fleet of 44 vehicles and a new headquarters at Carnia Industrial Park, the result of a 2 million investment.
Another problem, specific to the trucking sector, is the lack of personnel. There are no Italian drivers. D’Agaro is ready to hire also foreign staff: the important thing is that they have experience in the field, the only reservation would be related to the language.

This is probably not a coincidence, but the result of the “rigorous application by the staff in the company and during transport of all the actions necessary to contain the spread of Covid, from spacing, to the use of sanitizers”, he lists. This is a behaviour that “we have also found in the companies with which we have relations for the transport of goods: each entrepreneur cares about the continuation of his business and therefore we are moving towards a widespread application of the provisions, especially those relating to distancing. Direct contacts are reduced to a minimum, always in safety”.

MOUNTAIN IS ROCK

I share the values that are at the base of the Montagna Rock manifesto: they represent what, in concrete terms, we are trying to achieve also with the Carnia Industrial Park, that is: to create value in the mountains, helping companies to settle, offering innovative forms of training and development of new entrepreneurship. As well as confirming our commitment with the companies already operating within the CIP’. These are the words of Roberto Siagri, president of Carnia Industrial Park in Tolmezzo (Ud) regarding the manifesto Montagna Rock, launched by the two companies Froogs and Eurools, supported by Beng, all operating in the mountains – in Resia (Ud) and Villa Santina (Ud) and Tolmezzo (Ud) -.

The seven points of the intellectual bulwark from which we start with a series of concrete initiatives are this:
In the mountains you can do business.
You can decide to live in the mountains, as a life choice.
The quality of life in the mountains is exemplary.
Working surrounded by nature increases creativity.Distances are relative: adequate organization is sufficient. Digital and road infrastructure is a priority.
Mountain companies must offer challenging jobs, full of stimuli, to young people who want to invest their time.

The challenge – continues Siagri – is also, and above all, to systemize what is already there in the mountains and with what is available in the region, to develop the mountains. Digital transformation is a great opportunity for areas like the mountains. What is needed, however, is investment in infrastructure and training together with the common purpose of entrepreneurs, local and regional institutions. I want to believe that we are already on the right track and this manifesto for the mountains is a demonstration of this.

ICT WORKERS NEED IN FVG

In the North of Italy, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, there are as many as 135 open employment positions among the more than one hundred companies affiliated with Ditedi, the largest digital network in the region. In particular, 29 companies in the Cluster are looking for systems engineers, project managers, engineers and developers with a wide range of skills (software development software development, design, IoT, project management, etc.), with opportunities outside the region as well.

Such a wide and diversified job offer confirms the “hunger” for collaborators that this strategic and constantly growing and evolving sector is showing. A search for  collaborators that has become even more pressing in the post-Covid era due to the transformations in the pandemic has caused, accelerating the digital transformation in a cross-sector way.

The point on this aspect, and on all the dynamics that are characterizing the ICT field, will be made by Ditedi on Wednesday, September 22, starting at 5 pm, at the Lean Experience Factory in San Vito al Tagliamento, the world’s largest and most integrated model digital company.

On this occasion, the Ditedi cluster will present the Rapporto Fvg Digitale, the economic radiography of the ICT sector in Friuli Venezia Giulia, drawn up by the Universities of Udine and Trieste in collaboration with the collaboration with the Cluster. This will be followed by a visit to the Lean Experience Factory, which has recently expanded and will have the opportunity to learn more about the services that it makes available to the entire territory.

Lef is a reality born as an experiential training center in 2011 from the joint venture between McKinsey&Company and Confindustria Alto Adriatico and other local partners. Over the years, Lef has consolidated thanks to the model factory and to the partnerships with different organizations, thus becoming an accelerator of lean and digital transformations and hub of relationships with the best providers of technological and organizational, technological and organizational solutions. In concrete terms, the digital company of San Vito al Tagliamento offers experiential training, tests new technologies (Test Bed) to verify and validate the impact they will have in the complex daily life; it provides organizational and digital consulting.

ICT FVG: GROWING, QUALIFIED, ALONGSIDE COMPANIES DURING THE PANDEMIC

A well-diversified sector in terms of the outlet sectors served, with the forecast of a positive sales volume, in tune with the history of the last decade when, from 2009 to 2019, this world grew by 8.8% in terms of active locations and consolidated the expansion paths of the companies born in the early 2000s, the golden age of “dot.com” companies.

This is how the ICT entrepreneurship in Friuli Venezia Giulia is presented in “FVG Digitale – Le imprese digitali in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Report 2021”, the first systematic report dedicated to this area promoted by the Ditedi Cluster, realized with a joint work between professors of the University of Udine and the University of Trieste and whose presentation is scheduled for Thursday, July 8, at 5 pm online at .

at www.fvgdigitale.ditedi.it.
The document analyzes in the multiplicity of its aspects a sector that became even more crucial during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey at the base of the Report involved about one hundred ICT companies in Friuli Venezia Giulia, active in the production of hardware, software and services. The data were collected through a survey between July and November 2020 acting on a large scale – companies with turnover between 250 thousand and 50 million euros -, which were accompanied by twelve in-depth interviews to as many entrepreneurs.

The picture that emerges from the report is very varied. From the point of view of human resources, the ICT sector stands out for the high presence of personnel with a high level of education, with an average percentage of 36.1% of employees in the sample. Degrees in IT disciplines (present in 70% of companies) and economic/legal disciplines (present in 40% of companies) prevail, but specializations in humanistic areas are also evident, present in 30% of companies. Few women still work in the sector; within the sample surveyed, on average, they account for 19.5%. A low figure, but still in line with the values recorded at European level (European Commission (2021), Women in Digital Scoreboard 2020, https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/library/ women-digital-scoreboard-2020).

Companies with between 10 and 25 employees represent the largest group (44.2%), but the component of medium-large companies (with more than 50 employees) is also significant, i.e. 9.3%. Forty-two percent of the average turnover is produced in the region, 48.4 percent in the rest of the Italian market, while direct export represents less than 10 percent.

“The work carried out by the professors of the Universities of Udine and Trieste is fundamental to understand the state of the art of the Ictregional sector – says the project manager of the Cluster, Francesco Contin – We wanted to take a picture of what exists, also in the light of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the economy. The analysis conducted has allowed us to better frame the size and economic scope of the sector, investigating the dynamics of growth and strategies for approaching the market, and provides us with some food for thought that will be useful in setting up future support actions and intervention policies”. Among these, above all, “the training of the new generations, also and above all female – continues the director -, with still few high school and university graduates to meet the current and future needs of companies and the managerial training of entrepreneurs themselves that affects the dynamics of growth and internationalization of companies and the ability to attract and enhance the skills and talents available, through corporate welfare and staff retention policies, for example”.

The Report also focuses on the behavior of ICT companies during the period of the pandemic, to conclude that with regard to the business model in this period companies seem to have played “in defense”, marginally modifying their model. Instead they have played “on the attack” alongside their customers, helping them to rethink their ways of working and selling remotely.

The report promoted by Diredi is the first of its kind and is destined to be followed up. “With the support of Regione Fvg, Ditedi has the intention and the objective of not leaving this event isolated – confirms Contin -, but of continuing with the activity of analysis, deepening some points and aspects of the study carried out. The idea is to create a fixed appointment (annual or biennial) to monitor the state of health and the growth of the sector and to bring out the points of excellence and the needs of regional ICT companies”

NAUTICAL ACADEMY OF TRIESTE, IN SEARCH OF NEW ‘SAILORS’

The Nautical Academy of the Adriatic, born in 2015 in Trieste, currently the busiest port in the country, as an Its dedicated to high professional training in the port maritime sector, continues its rise. And its students after training easily find work being often already recruited during the training period. So much so that this year, in addition to the courses that have already begun and are already well established, there will be a course on cyber security.
These are the courses that will start in October of this year: the one for train drivers at the headquarters of Gorizia, for technicians for logistics, in Trieste and Pordenone, for technicians of naval design and production, in Trieste, for trainee officers of deck and machine, in Trieste, and, the novelty, the one for systems expert in cybersecurity, in Trieste.
“The academy – explained the director of the educational institution in Trieste, Bruno Zvech – is certainly a key element in the port cluster of Trieste, inserted in a region, Friuli Venezia Giulia, which is a formidable logistics platform. We speak of a cluster to the vanguard and to the step with the times that follows with attention the next-future developments tied to the energetic efficiency, to the computer game, passing for the automation and the robotizzazione. In this context – it has continued Zvech – the academy carries out its role of formative infrastructure of high range with a national breath, above all tied up to the Adriatic, because there are not many similar realities in our Country”.
A sector, the maritime port one, which, as explained by Zvech, “despite the very difficult period linked to the pandemic, has held up, indeed I must say that from the point of view of intermodality, the logistics mechanism in this country has been able to hold up, with wide margins for future development.
And in the face of this current and future development, it goes without saying that there will be an increasing need for highly specialized personnel, with a very high demand for technicians. Therefore, the validity of our mission is confirmed”. The Academy debuted over six years ago with the deck officer cadet course, which is increasingly involved in interesting developments: “at the moment – explained the director of the academy – we are getting positive feedback regarding the embarkation of our students on passenger ships.
This is also an evolution because until now we only did the merchant with Italy Maritime that is our main partner. Another successful course is the one that trains technicians for logistics, which is held in Trieste and Pordenone Interport, one of the most important infrastructures in the northeast, where the railway operator Upac operates and with whom excellent relations have been established.
Other courses that represent the backbone of the Trieste institution are the course for designers, created at the instigation of Fincantieri but which then expanded to include collaboration with a large number of professionals, and finally, the last course created last year, for shunting line railway drivers, which is based in Gorizia and which has met with considerable success: “With our partner Adriafer – explained Zvech – we are managing continuous permanent training”. Now for the director of the Academy “it is necessary to sound out new areas.
And for this reason, we will start with a two-year course for system technicians of cyber security, which will be coordinated by Ivano Di Santo, cyber security officer of the Port Authority of the Eastern Adriatic, and we have already set up a network of high-level teachers. Half of the course will be held in English”.
As proof of the strong interregional projection of the Academy, 18 apartments for a total of 34 beds are available for “off-site” students in two buildings in the historic center of Trieste, a few meters from the sea and not far from the Academy’s headquarters in Via von Bruck, a stone’s throw from the Port Authoriy. In addition, the status of the students is equivalent to that of a university student, with discounts on transportation, cinema, theater, use of libraries, as well as the agreement for meals in affiliated establishments.