Engineering: leader della Digital Transformation

IT & Management School

Five questions to...
Ferdinando Lo Re

The Director of our Academy tells us about the value and importance of training to meet the challenges of Digital Transformation.

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THE WORLD OF IT IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION HAS ACCELERATED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. HOW IMPORTANT IS TRAINING FOR FOLLOWING AND SUPPORTING OUR PARTNERS IN THE PROCESS OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION?

Training linked to new technologies and professional specialisation, continuous updating, reskilling, upskilling, and the certification of skills through internationally recognised channels all represent important strategic factors for the Engineering Group as it strives to remain competitive in such a fluid market as the IT market. At the same time, they represent a reassuring guarantee for our partners regarding the innovative capacity and operational and process-related expertise that we are able to apply to our Digital Transformation projects.
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FOR TWENTY YEARS, THE FERENTINO SCHOOL OF IT & MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN A FUNDAMENTAL ASSET FOR THE GROUP. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL AND HOW DOES IT HELP TO DEFINE OUR VALUE PROPOSITION?

In a nutshell, the aim of the School of IT & Management is to ensure that all Engineering Group employees are ready to face the challenges that IT presents for both us and our partners.

We are talking about a vast market sector that is driven by factors that are not always predictable, so organising training courses for Engineering means defining opportunities for growth and specialisation for very different professions: from Software Programmer to Cloud Architect, from Project Manager to Data Scientist, etc..

Year after year, the School develops and updates specific training courses for each of the IT "professions", always paying great attention to the skills that are required for today's projects and those that will be required in the future. In fact, professional skills, just like information systems, must be constantly maintained, optimised, and developed, at the same speed as the context in which we find ourselves.

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THE SCHOOL IS A PLACE WHERE OUR EMPLOYEES CAN LEARN AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE: HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THE CRISIS OF THE PANDEMIC AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF ORGANISING FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES?

For Engineering, training has always been culturally linked to physical presences and to the School, a physical location that is separate from everyday life and is a place to learn and test oneself, to enjoy social contact and exchange, to meet teachers (who often become facilitators and friends) and colleagues from other locations, to enjoy a trip on the shuttle on Sundays and evenings together in the hotel...in short, it has always been a precise "format" with which we have grown and to which we are attached, an experience of professional and personal growth that we always remember with pleasure.

The pandemic forced us to confront a rupture, a discontinuity with the way we have always experienced training, which was very disorientating for us in the early days. Consider, for example, the fact that in March 2020 we were ready to publish a catalogue with 200 titles that had to be discarded and rewritten from scratch, because a course designed to be delivered in the classroom cannot be delivered online: it must be redesigned from scratch because the level of interaction changes, the exercises and workshops change, as do the ways of explaining and involving participants, and making sure that they are following along.

It was a difficult moment, but also one of the greatest challenges that the School, together with all our internal teachers, has experienced in recent years: rethinking a training model that needed to provide high-quality courses that were highly verticalised to the corporate context, sustainable, effective online, and accessible to thousands of colleagues. In the end, we are pleased to say that we overcame the challenge: the numbers and evaluations at the end of the course were higher than ever. Courses for apprentices, company masters, academies to place young people in companies, preparation courses for professional certifications, retraining courses... In short, we haven't forgotten anything.
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YOU HAVE JUST PUBLISHED A NEW COURSE CATALOGUE: WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL'S OBJECTIVES FOR NEXT YEAR?

We are extremely satisfied with our new Course Catalogue, which is probably the richest and most in-depth that the School has ever published. It features 251 training courses, 64 of which are completely new and 91 of which offer preparation for professional certification.

We will provide colleagues with the latest IT and methodology standards and major IT vendors, as well as a series of courses dedicated to the new key management/relational skills that have emerged during this period of remote working.

The entire range of courses has also been specifically designed for use in the online classroom, but many courses are ready to be delivered "in-person" - if, as we all hope, people can return to our School's classrooms in a few months' time. Last year's experiences have given us a new awareness and the blend of in-person and distance learning courses will allow us to attain even higher levels of quality and effectiveness.

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AS WELL AS EDUCATING OUR EMPLOYEES, THE FERENTINO SCHOOL ALSO SUPPORTS THE UPSKILLING AND RESKILLING OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS. BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE, WHAT TRAINING DEMANDS ARE BEING EXPRESSED BY THE MARKET? WHICH ISSUES, TECHNOLOGIES AND METHODOLOGIES ARE OF GREATEST INTEREST TO OUR PARTNERS?

We always devote particular attention to the training courses that our stakeholders ask us to provide, as these are always extremely stimulating opportunities for discussion and enrichment for all of us.

In addition to technical training focussing on the main technologies in the IT world, one of the topics that is currently generating interest is the ability to innovate in the context of Digital Transformation processes: many partners ask us to support their managers and professionals in positioning and understanding how new technologies are transforming the world and creating new opportunities by enabling business evolution processes.

At the same time, more attention is being given to the topics of IT Governance and Project & Service Management, for which the school has been accredited by various international bodies in the provision of official training for many years.Within this context we have the good fortune of being able to provide a large number of teachers with unique and distinctive characteristics: as well as being trained and certified to deliver training courses on the methodologies and technologies required, they also share their experience "in the field", gained through genuine Engineering Group projects, communicating valuable expertise and focussing the courses on "knowing and knowing how to do" as well as "knowing how to be".
Ferdinando Lo Re

Ferdinando Lo Re

Graduated in Communication Sciences with specialization in Industrial Sociology, he holds a Master in Human Resource Management and one in Business Coaching.

Ferdinando has been working in Engineering since 2003 and over the years has accompanied the growth of the Group's School of IT & Management, of which he is currently Director, to become a solid reference point for professional training for company employees and for its prestigious customers, both in traditional mode and in e-learning by exploiting all the potential offered by technology today.

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