Gli Istituti tecnici superiori dal 2010 a oggi. Un quadro empirico
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Higher Technical Institutes (ITS) constitute the main vocational tertiary training
channel in Italy. This paper aims at studying the ITS, pointing out two main research questions:
a) what is the size of the ITS system, in terms of courses, students, etc., and how it evolves
over time; b) which characteristics of the ITS courses favour the employment outcomes of its
graduates. Analysing the national micro-data on ITS collected by INDIRE, findings show that
the ITS system has tripled from its origin to 2017. Moreover, the large size of the technological
area of Made in Italy and the characteristics of the students – especially men from technical
schools – show that the ITS are primarily embedded in the secondary sector, although the
number of women and students from academic schools and universities is increasing over time.
The employment outcomes are better, on average, than those of upper secondary and bachelor
graduates. The field of study and the geographical area where the courses take place are crucial
factors behind the employability of ITS students. The composition of the students is important
too, whereas the operational characteristics of the courses are less crucial, even those concerning
the involvement of companies and other actors from the labour market.