Milan, 27th May – The Luxury & Fashion Knowledge Center of Bocconi University’s Business School (SDA) organized a meeting on the theme of innovation in the fashion industry, inviting three Italian companies to discuss the subject. These excellences included Volcar Srl represented by the Managing Director Daniele Volpato, who told its success story, made up of a long family tradition and great passion for work. This confirms that the companies in this sector develop, if it can be put this way, a skill that comes from in-depth knowledge of the trade and from the imagination which is the very heart of those in this sector. The theme on which the greatest emphasis was placed was “Made in Italy” and the aspect of “company continuity” on an increasingly global market and with increasingly greater obligations on the corporate front where it is difficult to keep a balance between corporate commitments and daily issues which concern employees and outside workshops. The commitment of companies like Volcar which are attentive to human value and the knowledge of expertise is not an easy one. The drive for innovation by the Italian fashion/luxury industry can be strengthened only through building up strategic and systemic relations with a network of suppliers that are unique in the world for quality and structure.
The meeting concluding by dealing with the critical points of the Italian system which are essentially linked to the industry and the following emerged, in order of importance: the generational change and the training of young people. In this regard, since 2012 Volcar has been engaged in training about ten young employees for the trade and at the same time is working with the Istituto Sartori of Lonigo (Vicenza) and the Groupe Scolaire La Croix Rouge of Brest (France) to train fourth-year students.
Another point of difficulty is the inadequacy of the “apprenticeship contract” which penalizes the companies that believe in young people by imposing courses paid by the companies that are without any training validity and use up the companies’ resources and time.
A more suitable system of preparation for employment that takes into account the needs of young new workers and the companies themselves has to be developed.