The guidelines have replaced the student work-experience system (in Italian “Alternanza scuola-lavoro”) and involve students from secondary schools, including technical and vocational schools (linee guida per i Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l’Orientamento, abb. PCTO). The guidelines require 200 hours of extracurricular training experience (400 hours for technical and vocational schools) during the final three years of secondary school (from year 3 to year 5). Many of the recommended points are already part of StartNet projects:
- Reference to the EU framework for competences Skills Agenda for Europe (see Building Futures)
- A focus on labour market forecasting tools as well as identifying in demand skills, such as the UnionCamere Excelsior project, the predictive report of the Italian national Chamber of Commerce (see the Guide to employment and education)
- The Entrepreneurship Education Syllabus, the Simulated Business Training and Business in Action initiatives (see Proactive Training).