Hera Educational and the joint school-work experience courses
In 2018, the Group continued its activities with the Hera Educational system by creating school-work alternation courses based on a model that involves the integration of company and school skills, and by the renewal of the three-year memorandum of understanding with the Regional School Office for Emilia-Romagna.
In the first three years of the 2016-2018 protocol, 212 joint school-work experience courses were created (72 of which in 2018).
Furthermore, the “Hera teaches you a trade…at school” initiative continued, as a development of the Scuola dei Mestieri, and focused on planning 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 the areas of Forlì, Modena and Ravenna).
In 2018, we also started designing an experimental project for the curvature of educational paths with a view to strategic workforce management for the entire three-year period of the “Meccanica Energia” initiative, that focuses on technical and operational trades in the field of operation and maintenance of gas networks and plants.
Dissemination of an ecologically responsible mentality: plant tours
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 purification plants.
Such visits provide stakeholders with insight into how 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.
In addition to offering “traditional” guided tours (on site) and to stimulate greater interest among the “new generations”, we have implemented “virtual” tours with schools. 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.
In total, in 2018, 4,546 visitors (+15% compared to 2017) visited Herambiente Group’s facilities over 205 days. In addition, 368 students visited our facilities through “virtual” visits. Over a video call, they attended a visit from their “school desks” as an environmental educator illustrated the different phases of operation of the plant. This new method promotes the use of multimedia technologies for learning to stimulate curiosity and involvement in the pupils while reducing the environmental and organizational impacts due to the transfer from the school to the plant to be visited.
Furthermore, the possibility of booking visits online directly from Herambiente’s website, in order to make it easier for stakeholders to book visits to our facilities, was met with a positive response. In 2018 the possibility of booking visits online was extended to the waste-to-energy plants in Padua, Trieste and Pozzilli (IS). The number of installations for which it is possible to book a visit online has therefore risen, with the 3 new entries, to 26.
Analysing the data, in 2018 the visits involved: waste-to-energy plants with 3032 visitors, 416 visitors to composting and anaerobic digestion plants, 69 visitors who followed learning path on landfills, 66 visitors to industrial waste treatment plants, 872 visitors to selection and recovery plants and 91 visitors to Waste Recycling (a Herambiente Group company).
The data confirm that the various types of visits provided by our company have been well received by stakeholders.
There were 1,327 visitors to the purification plants in 2018, of which about 86% were students, over about 60 days.