ITS green skin manager

The sustainable future of the Veneto Leather District begins with the ITS Green Leather Manager

Since the ITS Academy Reform, Arzignano’s ITS relaunch plan for the sustainable turning point of the leather supply chain

A few days after the news of the reform

of the Higher Technological Institutes (ITS), acclaimed by Minister Bianchi as one of the most important foreseen in the PNRR, which will guarantee “the direct relationship with the territories and their production tissues”, Arzignano relaunched its ITS Green Leather Manager, the only one in Italy dedicated entirely to the training of technicians specializing in the research and development of sustainable products and processes for the leather supply chain.

It does so by presenting the new “Orientation Plan” at a press conference that sees the Chiampo Valley symbolically represented, through the two mayors of the cities of Arzignano and Montebello Vicentino, Alessia Bevilacqua and Dino Magnaboscotogether with the managing director of the environment of the province of Vicenza, Matteo Macilotti, and the main actors of the project: the ITS COSMO Academy Foundation, the Veneto Leather District, the Italian Association of Leather Chemists (AICC) and the Industry Union Italian. Tanning (UNIC).

The Mayor of Arzignano, Alessia Bevilacqua:

“ITS represents a center of training of excellence for the key sector of the Valley of Chiampo, the Tanning. It is important for young people to take into account this high-level training that offers important job opportunities.

The post-training employment rate is high. It is important for entrepreneurs to also consider the potential of the ITS Green Leather Manager for their employees because it allows for high-level continuing education also in the face of the increasingly stringent need to promote sustainability. ”

Awarded as excellence for professional training in the European Commission competition – VET Awards 2020 – and counted at the top of the Italian ITS INDIRE 2021 ranking, the highly specialized post-diploma course ITS Green Leather Manager has a employability rate of 90%.

The “green” future of the leather district of Veneto

part of this ITS that forms the necessary management figures for the development of projects, in which we have been working for a long time, towards a totally circular and sustainable economy “, words of Riccardo Boschetti, president of the Veneto Leather District, also reinforced by those of the district director, Chiara Carradore, who added to the “Orientation Plan”:

“The multi-year program of activities aims to consolidate the link with the territory and raise awareness among teachers and students of secondary and high school training cycles of the potential and job opportunities offered by the ITS Green Leather Manager, with the aim of promoting enrollment in this training. course that guarantees a secure source of income, contributing to the sustainable development of the District “

The two-year course, recognized by the University of Northampton (UK),

enjoys the agreement with the University of Padua, which recognizes training credits and participates with its own teachers who support professionals in the sector, active thanks to the school’s relationship with companies and collaboration with the AICC. “The two years include 800 hours of internships and workshops.

A solid foundation for tanning processes is guaranteed, which also offers students from other schools the opportunity to attend “- said Damiano Cracco, scientific director of the course and a reference for the AICC, who went on to say” During the 1200 hours of teaching in the classroom also address the issues that are the basis of market demands, such as certifications: quality 9001, safety 45001 and environment 14001 ”.

“Coming after a process of almost a year, ITS reform is an important milestone. Finally, we will be able to equip ourselves with a training, professional, non-academic, tertiary channel, such as those existing in all European countries, filling our gap that has lasted too long.

To support the needs of training and innovation, but also to enhance the know-how of traditional sectors such as ours, is a task that together with our companies we must assume with determination “. The words of Fulvia Bacchi General Director of UNIC – Italian Tanneries Union and CEO of Lineapelle Milano.


The reform of the ITS Academy

Approved on July 12, 2022 by the Chamber, the law of organic reform of the Higher Technical Institutes, which aims to double enrollment, instructs the ITS Academy the task of “enhancing and expanding the professional training of high-level senior technicians technological and technical-professional skills ”.

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Education, the training activity will be carried out by at least 60% of the total hours for teachers in the world of work.

The new law that aims to integrate these itineraries with the cycle of professional university degrees and further strengthen the relationship with companies, with the allocation of 1.5 billion in funds derived from the PNRR and also provides a tax bonus of 30% for companies that decide to invest in ITS.

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ITS Green Leather Manager – ITS COSMO Fashion Academy Foundation

Managed by the ITS Cosmo Academy Foundation, whose president Rambaldi is also president of the fashion section of Assindustria Veneto Centro, the course is organized with the support of the Veneto Leather District, the “Galilei” Technical Institute of Arzignano, the Italian Chemical Association of Cuoio, the Experimental Station for the Leather and Tanning Materials Industry (SSIP) and is funded by the Ministry of Education and the Veneto Region by the ESF.

The two-year period, which includes 1,200 hours of face-to-face class and 800 internships in companies in the sector, allows the achievement of the title of Senior Technician of 5th level EQF (European Qualifications Framework) with the presentation, in the final exam, of a project work carried out in close collaboration with the company that hosted the internships.

The course includes the possibility of obtaining scholarships offered by companies in the District.

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The leather district of Veneto

Founded in 2009 at the request of some companies and associations, which have come together to give life to innovation projects common to the entire supply chain and the territory, the Consortium “Veneto Leather District” represents the first tanned center Italian, with a turnover. Annual turnover of more than 3 billion euros, equivalent to about 60% of Italian turnover and 13.5% of global turnover in the fertilizer sector, has about 12,000 workers employed in more than 600 companies belonging to the supply chain, in 900 local operating units.

Officially recognized as a legal entity by the Veneto Region (DGR No. 1797 of 9/12/15, in accordance with LR No. 13 of 30/05/14 “Discipline of industrial districts, innovative regional networks and combinations of ‘companies’), the Veneto Leather District brings together companies from across the tanning industry: tanneries, technology and mechanical engineering companies, chemical producers, recycling and recovery companies.

He actively collaborates with specialized training institutions and is represented on its board of directors by the main trade associations: Confindustria, Confartigianato, Apindustria, Assomac, UNPAC and AICC.

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AICC – Italian Association of Leather Chemists

The Italian Association of Leather Chemists is the benchmark for operators in the world of leather.

Its partners are chemists and leather technicians, graduates or undergraduates, employed in the tanning and dyeing industries and companies revolving around the tanning industry.

Among the objectives of the AICC: to promote scientific culture in the world of leather, to disseminate the results of technical-scientific work and to create contacts between employees in the world of tanning.

The AICC actively supports school training by investing in young postgraduate high school students, offering textbooks and scholarships to major Italian tanning districts, and participating directly with its ITS Green Leather Manager faculty specialists.

The AICC has been commissioned to organize the III EuroCongresso IULTCS – the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemical Societies – entitled “Rinascimento: The Next Leather Generation” in Vicenza from 18 to 20 September 2022.

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UNIC – National Union of the Sleep Industry

The National Union of Tanning Industry is the most important Italian tannery industrial association and one of the most important in the world. Since 1946 it has been a strategic sector for the Italian economic and productive fabric. It promotes and enhances its social and environmental role in the tanning sector, the interests of the category, represents it at all levels and promotes its innovation.

He is a member of Confindustria, the European Confederation of Tanners (Cotance) and the International Tanners Council (ICT).

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Arzignano, July 19, 2022

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