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Be ready for today and tomorrow’s jobs in urban manufacturing

Learn more about CENTRINNO - a circular economy project that shows how helping people develop new skills can give new life to industrial historical sites. 

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A new industrial revolution putting citizens at the core of sustainable transformation 

Globalisation caused European cities to lose an important part of their manufacturing ability, transitioning to a knowledge economy. As a result, manufacturing jobs have decreased, and abandoned industrial areas have deteriorated. The EU-funded CENTRINNO project, part of the Horizon 2020 programme, aims to develop and show strategies, approaches, and solutions for regenerating industrial historic sites and areas as creative production and manufacturing hubs that address today's environmental challenges. And this cannot happen without skills.  

Transforming traditional craft knowledge to a future-oriented approach 

One of the project's pillars is 'CENTRINNO schools', which aims to teach new skills needed for the digital and green transition in manufacturing. A partnership was formed with the Regional Office for Employment to provide six-month training sessions for selected unemployed craftsmen. Three successful programmes were launched, covering woodworking, electronics, and textiles. The sessions focused on the application of new manufacturing technologies, such as CAD modelling and machines like laser cutters, CNC milling machines, and digital embroidery. Participants in the CENTRINNO schools programme were offered jobs after learning new digital skills. 

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Be part of the green and digital transformation  

Cultural sites can become new and inclusive hubs of entrepreneurship for city residents while promoting sustainability. New skills are a necessary condition for this, as shown by CENTRINNO. The project clearly showed the value of manufacturing in the region by  promoting craftsmen, vocationally trained professionals, entrepreneurs, makers, SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises), and Fab Labs as key players in cities.  

“As an organiser and trainer of the programme, I have been fascinated by how craftsmen are swiftly integrating digital tools into their practices. It is impressive how they seamlessly blend tradition with innovation, achieving improvements in quality, efficiency and sustainability”.  

                                                                                                                                     Cristina Olivotto, pilot, CENTRINNO schools