Since 2012, the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art supports the introduction of young talent into the world of craftsmanship with the project "A School, a Job. Training to Excellence". The Cologni Foundation funds six-month apprenticeships for young students who complete their studies with merit in the field of artistic crafts.
Throughout Italy, schools of excellence in the artistic crafts identify their best students and submit their application together with the name of a workshop or atelier that will host them for this important training experience. In 2015/2016, the Cologni Foundation awarded 40 apprenticeships. At the end of this edition, therefore, the Cologni Foundation reached a total of 110 apprenticeships, thus exceeding the initial target of 100.
During the six months of their training, each apprentice receives a monthly net salary of €700, with all additional costs and insurance covered by the Cologni Foundation. This programme is made possible also thanks to the support of patrons who "adopt" a young artisan. It is in fact possible to cover the total cost of one apprenticeships with €5,000.
The project has a dedicated website featuring the names of the schools, the workshops, the patrons and of course the stories of the young apprentices. The website is illustrated by the beautiful pictures of photographer Susanna Pozzoli.