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San Patrignano and Ibm Italia together for a digital education project

From the cloud to design thinking in six workshops that could pave the way for a company internship for the kids in the community

The Community of San Patrignano goes digital. And it does so with a project geared towards reintegration into society and the labour market, while pursuing solutions for a market need that is growing increasingly urgent: the lack of adequate skills for a constantly changing market.

The Community, in cooperation with Fondazione Ibm Italia, has gathered a “digital” team that will on the one hand spread the “word” about innovation within the structure – by training new professionals relying on the “Train the Trainers” methodology – and on the other to explore the possibilities offered by European calls for tender.

«For San Patrignano, it is essential to keep up with the times in terms of professional training – explains President Piero Prenna. We believe in providing professional training that is as specific as possible and thanks to the Fondazione Ibm Italia, we can now give our kids new tools to enter the job market more successfully when they complete their process of rehabilitation». The process has led to the inauguration of the new Skills Centre, dedicated to teaching skills in the field of applied artificial intelligence, machine learning and even the creation of virtual assistants, known as “bots”.

The Ibm Cloud and Watson Assistant are the tools provided by Ibm 

Three tutors from Ibm will work with 10 staff members from the Comunità San Patrignano for a programme that will feature 6 three-day workshops, dedicated to giving educators the basic skills they need to allow the Community to participate in innovative European calls for tender, and to consolidate learning to be spread within the Community itself. Introduction to the Cloud, Introduction to Design Thinking, Personas, Ibm Watson Assistant Dialogues (base), Ibm Watson Assistant (advanced), Software Life Cycle and production are the 6 titles of the courses that have already begun and will end next June. Ibm has informed Pantografo Magazine that they are considering organizing internships at the company afterwards to continue to support the training of the participants.

«The project with the San Patrignano Community fully reflects our commitment to make the most innovative technologies functional to solutions to critical social issues, and to create a virtuous cycle of skills and projects to respond to the legitimate needs and challenges of the community we work in», underscores Alessandra Santacroce, President of the Fondazione Ibm Italia.

Founded in 1978 by Vincenzo Muccioli, the San Patrignano Community has welcomed over 26,000 people and currently hosts about 1,300, including some who are pursuing a course of rehabilitation in the structure as an alternative to prison.


translation by Olga Barmine

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