Free courses for young people with disabilities: our PFIs

Young people with disabilities often encounter difficulties in entering both the world of work and their education and training path. To support children and families, Individualized Training Paths (PFI) were created in this context, which represent a possible solution to promote their work and social inclusion, also helping to build children's self-esteem.

In this article we will therefore examine PFIs for young people with disabilities, focusing on how these free courses can help young people develop their skills and acquire the experience necessary for satisfaction also through job shadowing experiences, with internships suited to their needs.

We will explore the benefits of PFIs for young people with disabilities, how these pathways work and the challenges that still need to be overcome to ensure full employment and social inclusion of young people with disabilities.

PFI courses for young people with disabilities: how do they help the social and working inclusion of young people?

PFIs for young people with disabilities represent a precious resource for promoting social and working inclusion. These paths are characterized by a common path, which is then differentiated according to the possibilities, aspirations and interests of the young person.

This allows you to acquire the desired skills, while also approaching the world of work thanks to the internship experience, very effective and useful also for improving the self-awareness of young people, all thanks to the possibility of following a personalized and ad hoc training path.

How do PFIs for young people with disabilities work?

The free courses for young people with disabilities are organized into 4 distinct phases, some common to the entire group of children, others personalized to the individual subject, who is in any case followed by a tutor.

Below is a simplified breakdown of the various phases in which a PFI takes place:

  • 1st phase: welcome, knowledge, initial orientation to professions
  • 2nd phase: acquisition of basic general, working and communication skills, transferable to different tasks and contexts, i.e. transversal
  • 3rd phase: acquisition and deepening of specific professional skills (internship)
  • 4th phase: consolidation of professional skills and abilities, conscious confirmation and validation of one's self-awareness and know-how (restitution), certification and outgoing accompaniment.

The curricular training internship (not aimed at hiring) represents the central moment of the entire path, indispensable for offering opportunities for individual experimentation in the world of work.

What are the areas of focus of the Individualized Training Paths?

The areas of technical-professional skills that can be acquired by young people with disabilities depending on their inclinations are the following:

  • IT-office work
  • Catering
  • Commerce, Services and Large-scale distribution
  • Agriculture-Gardening
  • Craftsmanship

In this way we try to cover a very wide range of personal aspirations, because it is very important to achieve a match between the needs of the child and the skills to be acquired, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the Path and facilitate the acquisition of skills student.

Are there any other constraints for enrolling in a PFI course for young people with disabilities?

Young people with disabilities who wish to enroll in a PFI must be over 18 years old. Families do not have to bear any costs because the PFI courses for young people with disabilities are completely free as they are entirely financed by the Lazio Region.

The PFI enrollment period is between January and July for the academic year following the current one.

What should I do to get more information?

If you intend to sign up or enroll a young person in our PFIs, contact one of the relevant offices, depending on the position you are interested in!

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