This initiative enabled the students to appreciate every aspect of the production cycle “in the field”.
To give young students an opportunity to get a close up look at the application in real conditions of the subjects they study at school, and in one of the biggest and most complex industrial sites in Europe, Ilva Taranto.
This was the aim of the initiative organized by Istituto Tecnico IISS Pacinotti and supported by ILVA for over 200 students (3rd to 5th grades).
"We’re convinced that our facility is above all a place for meeting and exchanging knowledge and experience"
Group Director Operations and manager of ILVA Taranto, Antonio Bufalini
During the cycle of five visits in February and March the students were taken around the main areas of the facility by ILVA technicians and engineers. On each occasion, the visits focussed on areas relevant to the students’ curriculum, such as electro-technical applications, geo-measurement instruments, chemical and laboratory monitoring and computer programmes for various machinery.
All this enabled the students to conduct an “in the field” analysis of the structure and organization of the facility, the functioning of the steel production cycle and the environmental upgrading work the Group has done to reduce the impact of its operations on the surrounding territory.
"A success for our school, which managed with ILVA’s help to create a “tailor made” course for its students"
Istituto Pacinotti head teacher, Vito Giuseppe Leopardo
"This experiment has been a success,” said Istituto Pacinotti head teacher Vito Giuseppe Leopardo. “A success for our students, who had the opportunity to visit the biggest industrial complex in the country, where all the subjects studied at our school are applied, and a success for our school, which managed with ILVA’s help to create a “tailor made” course for its students.”
"It was an opportunity to actually see close up a company we hear about everyday”
Angela, a 4th year chemistry student
The students too were enthusiastic about the initiative: over 90% of them said they were satisfied with the visit and particularly appreciated ILVA’s treatment of them and the guided tours. “I was very impressed by the rolling mill and the hot-dip galvanizing plant,” commented Angela, a 4th year chemistry student, at the end of her visit. “It was an opportunity to actually see close up a company we hear about everyday.” And for Andrea, a final year student, “it was great seeing the steel production cycle from close up and visiting the raw materials analysis laboratories inside the factory”.
“It was a great pleasure to co-operate with Istituto Pacinotti,” said Group Director Operations Antonio Bufalini, who is also the manager of ILVA Taranto. “We’re convinced that our facility is above all a place for meeting and exchanging knowledge and experience, also with the younger generations, because they’re the professionals of tomorrow.”