University projects and programmes

Advanced Education and Research apprenticeship

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Politecnico di Torino and the Piedmont Region programme advanced education and research apprenticeships for obtaining three-year and Master’s degrees, PhDs, and for research activities. 

What is the Advanced Education and Research Apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship is an open-ended employment contract aimed at training and employing young people between 18 and 29 years of age; the apprentices receive not only a wage, but also professional training in return for their work.

In view of the need to provide companies with highly qualified young people, capable of improving their innovation drive, an aspect that is now essential within the current competitive paradigm, the Piedmont Region plans advanced training and research apprenticeships for the acquisition of the following qualifications

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or professional degree
  • Level I and II university Master’s degree
  • PhD
  • Research activity

The aforementioned training courses feature intense cooperation between universities and companies and, by emphasising work as a learning process, they contribute to developing skills that really meet the specific needs of the economic system, in line with the skill requirements expressed by companies in Piedmont.

Precisely because it is a “training contract”, the work experience is alternated with training opportunities, which may take place either within or outside the company, at accredited training facilities, thus enabling young people to acquire a qualification.

Higher education and research apprenticeships allow companies to hire highly qualified human resources who are trained according to their needs: the company that hires an apprentice with a higher education and research apprenticeship contract, in fact, collaborates with the universities in defining the educational project and then, identifies appropriate forms of coordination with them, during the management phase.

Moreover, the enterprise must foster, within itself, organisational, structural and professional conditions that allow the apprentice to be trained for the acquisition of the qualification for which the apprenticeship contract is intended.

Contract forms and obligations, economic benefits and tax relief
These career paths are aimed at young people and adults, under the age of 30, employed pursuant to art. 45 of Legislative Decree 81/2015 by companies operating in the Piedmont region.

Contractual aspects
Apprenticeship contracts may be finalised by all private company employers in all sectors.
The duration of the contract cannot be less than six months and is equal to the maximum statutory duration of the related career paths. The total number of apprentices that an employer may take on may not exceed a ratio of 3 to 2 of skilled and qualified workers in the workforce.
The hiring of an apprentice is activated according to the terms of the relevant collective agreement, which specifies rules on wages, working hours, holidays, etc.

Remuneration and fiscal and economic benefits

Remuneration, for the work, is established according to the CCNL (collective agreement) and the remuneration is applied according to the classification or sub-classification provided for. It should be noted that the apprentice’s remuneration may increase during the course of the training.
The apprenticeship contract allows the company to hire and train new professionals at an advantageous labour cost, as various economic and tax benefits are applicable.

Documentation to be attached to the contract
For  the purposes of activating the Higher Education and Research Apprenticeship contract, the university or higher education institution and the employer must sign a protocol, drawn up on the basis of the outline approved by interministerial decree of 12 October 2015, which defines the content, duration and educational organisation of the training, inside and outside the company, and also the type of recipients of the contract (potentially identifying several apprenticeship paths for several qualifications). The apprenticeship contract must be stipulated in writing, together with the Individual Training Plan (PFI - Piano formativo individuale), which can be drawn up in summary form within the contract.

To receive more information on the initiative or to propose an Advanced Education and Research Apprenticeship project, you can contact the relevant university offices at the following addresses:

For more information, please visit the following link:
Piedmont Region - Apprenticeship

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