Hera Educational and the joint school-work experience courses
In 2017, the Hera Group strengthened its structured action with the “Hera Educational” system. It implemented a model for managing school-work experience courses. This system is based on the integration of corporate and school skills, also by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Regional School Office for Emilia-Romagna. During the year the total number of courses was increased to 80, and the scope was extended to high schools.
Moreover, based on the system we implemented, the Group joined the programme promoted by CSR Europe “European Pact for Youth” with particular reference to the “Promotion of school-work patterns” forum.
Lastly, the “Hera teaches you a trade… at school” initiative continued, representing a development of the Scuola dei Mestieri, and focused on jointly designing and developing educational activities, with the participation of Group employees acting also as teachers, at technical institutes based in the local area of reference (currently in: Forlì, Modena and Ravenna).
Dissemination of an ecologically responsible mentality
The Hera Group, through its subsidiary Herambiente SpA, proves its attention to environmental issues and the diffusion of an ecologically responsible mentality, offering the possibility of guided tours of waste treatment and wastewater treatment plants.
Such visits provide stakeholders with insight into the way installations are operated and work. Our waste treatment plants are among the most advanced in Europe in terms of operating and quality standards and visits enable visitors to understand how they properly handle waste in the most environmentally friendly manner possible, using solutions with the lowest possible overall impact on the environment.
Starting in 2016, in addition to offering “traditional” guided tours (on site), Herambiente has activated “virtual” visits for schools, especially with a view to stimulating greater interest in the “new generations”. By doing so, directly from their school desks, students can listen to an environmental educator that illustrates the various phases of operation of the plant.
Furthermore, the possibility of booking visits online directly from the website, introduced during 2017 in order to facilitate potentially interested parties, has been met with a positive response, particularly for waste to energy plants.
In 2017, a total of 3,948 visitors visited Herambiente group’s plants over 241 days, besides the 521 students who visited our plants during 11 days of “virtual” visits that, through video calls, directly listened from their “school desks” to an environmental educator who illustrated the various phases of plant operation.
Analysing the data, the visits involved 2,908 visitors to the waste to energy plants and composting plants, 25 were able to learn about landfills, 68 industrial waste treatment plants, 685 selection and recovery plants, 262 visited Waste Recycling (a company that has joined the Herambiente group).
There were 1,168 visitors to the treatment plants in 2017, of which about 82% were students, over about one hundred days.