by Alessandro Barbati

The best post-diploma vocational training ‘resides’ in Tuscany, precisely in Florence. It is the “Piero Baldesi” School of Business Studies and Industrial Technologies, a national landmark for training young people. Named after the ex-founder of the Business Studies School, Piero Baldesi, who founded it in 1985 together with the Chamber of Commerce, Province and the Confindustria of Florence, aimed at promoting the training of professional figures with advanced qualifications and facilitate their entrance in the working world, it has become a reference point in the years, able to attract students from all over Italy with a placement percentage of over 93%. Today, the school offers advanced vocational training in the field of industrial technologies and supports the promotion of new, highly innovative, entrepreneurial initiatives. Besides this, there are also a series of multi-disciplinary courses ranging from time management to web marketing, from public speaking to a course on negotiation going on to further in-depth studies of business economics (book-keeping and accounts), held by lecturers representing the best there is on an academic and corporate level.
“Our school represents a landmark in the area as a post-diploma educational and vocational model and continuously pursues this result involving entrepreneurs, experts, opinion leaders and institutions in a system built to produce contents which will be a true added value for students and companies,” the President of the School of Business Studies and Industrial Technologies, Claudio Terrazzi comments. Real added value in this entirely Florentine reality concerns the companies of this area which contribute fundamentally to the life of the School, welcoming students in internships, helping them grow professionally and transmitting those values with which to present themselves in the working world in the best possible way.
The whole curricular pathway lasts 18 months (6 for the basic competencies, 6 for the professional specialization, 6 for assessing competencies directly in the company), while the teaching staff is made up of university professors, entrepreneurs, directors and business consultants who have first-hand experience of companies. The last crucial element regards the business tutor, or rather the moment during which the students put their competencies to good use, presenting their business plans drawn up according to entrepreneurial ideas to an audience of businessmen, directors and professionals.

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