It was the year 2009, the first year of activity, the year I opened my VAT number…

I got a call to give lessons in a professional training course at ESSEG, Ente Scuola e Sicurezza in Edilizia in Genoa… to jump in or not to jump in?

I remember it was to make videos on restoration activities and historical and traditional building techniques. The headquarters were in Genoa, as opposed to the other places of work (which are still not in the city where I live).

I jumped.

From that date on, almost every year, about 10-15% of my activity consists of teaching professional training courses, an activity that gratifies me greatly, but which I would not do for a greater number of hours and days than I already do. I believe that it would be very difficult to train anyone if I could donate less than 90-85% of my work, professional experience, consultancy, updates and projects, even of different types and specifications with respect to the topics of the course.

I therefore try to bring everything I learn on a daily basis into the classroom, working, delivering the work, receiving feedback. Making mistakes, learning, and so on. What happens to everyone, nothing more and nothing less.

Project work.
Beautiful words… It’s that phase of the courses, usually the final one, in which you experience what you’ve learned by putting it into a practical context, a real or simulated, but just as real, work situation.

For example, yesterday ended the second edition of the course “Digital consultants for cultural heritage and museums” that I also helped to design; the project work was done on a very important historical building in the city of Genoa.

I am still doing the project work for the course “Tourist marketing and territorial promotion technician” and we are working on the Imperia area.

Everything for me is project work, everything has to be practical, applied, to be experienced, even basic theoretical knowledge.

Almost always, at the end of a course of this type, I have then undertaken a collaboration, even a small one, with former participants, now Professionals. 

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Who did I work with in vocational training?

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University

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Professional Training Organisations

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Professional Orders

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Academies

Main subjects I have lectured on?

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Cultural heritage (management, marketing, valorisation, dissemination and communication)

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Exhibition design, museography, museology

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Digital and multimedia for culture

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Video, photos and documentation (traditional work, restoration, research activities)

Advice for those who want to participate in such a course?

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Find out who the lecturers are, find out if they do, in any capacity, the work the lectures are about. This allows you to understand if you can "steal the job with your eyes" from those who are in the field every day.

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Learn about the approach. Is there practice? Both to consolidate the indispensable theoretical knowledge and to experiment concretely in the activity? I think this is a very good requirement

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Get informed. Planners, tutors and training providers of vocational training courses (such as those in which I teach) will be able to give you very useful information on supplementary subjects, basic knowledge, developments and job opportunities, etc.

Ideas?

As you can see from the website we are working on new ideas for webinars,
workshops and courses > write for info and collaborations > info@matteosicios.com

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