In a country where youth unemployment hovers at around 23% and one in three of all university graduates is forced to emigrate by lack of opportunity and ever-shrinking salaries, the idea of investing in young people and giving them the chance to grow so that Italy can grow almost seems like a revolutionary strategy. It is a strategy that Terna has decided to adopt: it will develop young talents and their skills to build an even more innovative, resilient, sustainable and future-oriented company. One of these youngsters is Gianmarco Castiello, a 26 year-old with a bright future ahead of him. «I graduated in energy engineering in December 2021, right in the middle of the pandemic. I have to say I was afraid of what the future held, but Terna was very quick to give me an opportunity», he tells us.
Castiello is one of the many young people the national transmission grid operator has decided to take a chance on. The figures are clear: in the last three years, the company has hired more than 800 and most of them are under the age of 30. Basically, young people now make up one third of the company's workforce, and the employee average age has been falling steadily in recent years.