Piazza dei Mestieri was founded in 2004. Piazza dei Mestieri is a multifunctional centre of about 7,000 square metres where 420 young people, between 14 and 18 years old, who have left school, attend vocational training to learn a craft and be helped in finding a job.
There are 20 courses, in these càtegories: bakers, cooks, barmen, graphic technicians, hair-stylists, and electricians. Piazza dei Mestieri is therefore a social enterprise. But we’re also in business. In fact, actual production activities and commercial services are integrated in the training program. In the building there is a restaurant with 120 places, a brew-pub and a printer’s. We produce chocolate and raw beer. We also rent out our spaces for conventions and meetings.
This business gives our students a chance to gain practical experience in a protected environment and to get them ready for the “real world”. In addition, the production and the commercial services allow us to generate financial resources for the achievement of the foundation’s objectives.