Almond Vocational Link’s recent group from Olivetti school in their local newspaper | Monza, Italy

Newspaper Olivetti Article Italian Press Almond Vocational Link Plymouth UKThis article describing the groups recent stay in Plymouth, UK appeared in Italian press on 25th April 2015. The students and teachers from the Olivetti school in Monza were asked to describe their work experience in Plymouth, which was organised by Almond Vocational Link. You can read our full report on this project here.

Many thanks to one of the teachers – Mrs Filena Spadavecchia who kindly sent us the scan of this article and big thanks to Almond’s  Valentina Pelle who translated it for us. The original version in Italian is posted at the bottom of the page.

Date:  21st April 2015

Business Trip / Temporary Transfer

20 students spent their Easter holidays in Plymouth (UK) where they worked in local restaurants and tourist resorts.

The “Olivetti” work experience in the lively and multicultural England

 

MONZA – They passed their exam with full marks. Making the most of their Easter Holidays 20 students at the penultimate year of the Olivetti High School in Monza spent 15 days  alternating language training and work experience in Plymouth, UK. The group was escorted by the English teacher Mrs Filena Spadavecchia and the cookery teacher Valentino Buoncore and they were hosted by local families. The students were also allocated with host families and they worked in local restaurants and tourist resorts.

“It has been a positive experience” stated the headmistress Pierina Pelliccioni, who spent some days in Plymouth with the students. She also said: “We selected a group of students who had at least a sufficient level of English and a good level in the relevant subject of the working experience, as they have confirmed during their stay with their bright attitude. Some students could even have the opportunity to go back there for work in future.”

The protagonists were enthusiastic: It has been an experience more useful on the linguistic side than on the working one– says Nicholas Carbone“as we know, England is not considered as the birthplace of the best cuisine in the world but we adapted ourselves to their specialities. I think about the typical scone, a little cake which is traditionally served during the teatime.”

For those who were involved in welcoming tourists in the ancient houses of the British aristocracy, we report Alessandro Nesta’s comments: “We got on well and visitors appreciated our support. On the linguistic side and on the professional one it has been a wonderful experience.”

The students have also underlined the importance of being able to travel autonomously in a town with million of inhabitants. “At the start we felt disorientated – admitted Christian Raimondo – but then we gained in confidence in that different reality, to the point that now we all look forward to going back there as soon as possible.”

Erika Brambilla worked in a patisserie and she said: “Everybody was very kind, they gave us some advice but they let us working autonomously and this made us feel responsible for it”.

During their experience the students discovered a different cookery world as Cristiano Simonetto said:  I worked in a Turkish restaurant which was practically open all day long and it is amazing how many types of coffee they have.”

Last but not least Giulia Padula underlined the kindness of the host families: “They treated us extremely well, they cared about us”.


Please read our full report on this project and view the picture gallery. 

TRASFERTA Venti studenti hanno trascorso la pausa pasquale a Plymouth, prestando servizio in locali e strutture ricettive

«Olivetti», prove di lavoro nella vivace e multietnica Inghilterra

Monza (czi) Promossi a pieni voti. Approfittando delle festività pasquali, venti studenti delle classi quarte dell’istituto «Olivetti» hanno partecipato a un periodo – 15 giorni – di alternanza scuola-lavoro a Plymouth, in Inghilterra. Gli studenti, accompagnati dai docenti di Inglese Filena Spadavecchia e di Cucina, Valentino Buoncore, sono stati ospitali da famiglie del posto ed hanno operato in strutture ricettive e ristorative, svolgendo mansioni attinenti al proprio corso di studi.

«E’ stata un’esperienza positiva – osserva la preside, Pierina Pelliccioni, che per qualche giorno è stata coi ragazzi a Plymouth – Abbiamo scelto un gruppo di studenti che avesse almeno la sufficienza in inglese e nella materia di indirizzo e i ragazzi hanna confermato di essere svegli e preparati. Qualcuno addirittura potrebbe essere richiamato, a breve, per esperienze lavorative».
Entusiasti anche i protagonisti. «E’ stata un’ esperienza più utile sul piano linguistico che lavorativo – spiega Nicholas Carbone – L’Inglilterra non è patria di grande tradizione culinaria, però ci siamo adeguati ai loro piatti».
Come allo scons, dolce tipico anglosassone che si mangia all’ora del the. C’è poi chi è stato impegnato nell’accoglienza di turisti in dimore dell’antichissima nobiltà inglese. «Ci siamo trovati bene e i visitatori  hanno apprezzato il nostro lavoro – osserva Alessandro Nesta – Sia per la lingua che professionalmente è stata una bella esperieza».

Gli studenti hanno anche sottolineato l’importanza di essersi mossi autonomamente in una città di milioni e milioni di abitanti: « Al primo impatto ci siamo trovati spaesati – ammette Cristian Raimondo –  ma poi abbiamo preso confidenza con una diversa realtà, tanto che io voglio tornare al più presto», Erika Brambilla è stata invece impegnata in pasticceria: «Tutti sono molto gentili, dandoci consigli, ma facendoci comunque lavorare in una certa autonomia e responsabilizzandoci».

Ma la trasferta è stata occasione per scoprire anche un mondo culinario diverso. «Ho lavorato in un ristorante turco, aperto praticamente tutto il giorno – spiega Cristiano Simonetto – Ed è stato sorprendente scoprire quanti tipi di caffè hanno». Infine, Giulia Padula sottolinea la gentilezza delle famiglie: «Ci hanno trattato benissimo, si preoccupavano per noi».