Obiettivo Lavoro - Orienteering in Vocational School

The objective of this research project is to trial a pilot program for vocational schools aimed at promoting access to employment for young students in their last year of school.


The intervention intends to support the students and teachers of 120 vocational schools in three regions of northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna) in the difficult school-to-work transition through a guidance and coaching programme, also providing job agency intermediation. The project involves a guidance programme that offers job-seeking support during the last year of vocational studies.

The intervention, based on similar research successfully launched by SciencesPo in France in 2021, targets both teachers and students. Practical information on postgraduation job opportunities, the importance of specific skills, how to look for a job, how to apply and how to interview for a position will be provided during the student guidance programme, in collaboration with teachers.

The project aims to measure the impact of guidance programmes on student employment rates in the months following high school graduation by implementing a counterfactual impact evaluation of the project.

The project will run for 3 years, starting in January 2023 and ending in December 2025.








Improving access to employment for young graduates from vocationale schools


  • Voocational school graduates show lower post-diploma employment rates than graduates from other educational tracks 
  • Slow transition to employment of young Italian graduates 

“Supporting young people in the job market”

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Elena Cantiani
EU Funding Project Manager 

The Adecco Group has always promoted the creation of a working world capable of offering all young people the opportunity to realise their aspirations. With the project “Obiettivo Lavoro”, we will have the opportunity to give students the tools necessary to successfully start their professional career, facing the post-graduation process with greater awareness and serenity. Thanks to a synergy with the vocational schools involved in the initiative, a dedicated team of psychologists and assessors will organise a job-counselling program to support these young people in looking for a job, helping them understand the aptitudes, skills and competences required by specific company positions. 
Only by enhancing the potential, skills and talents of these students can we create their “best business card” and help improve their application. An essential tool for curbing the NEET phenomenon in Italy (which, according to Eurispes OECD 2022 data, affects 25.1% of young people aged 15-29 years) is to guarantee a job orientation programme, activating processes useful for capturing the evolution of the job market, to imagine and build tomorrow’s professions together.