Digital craftsmen, best known as makers, are a reality that is changing the world of labour, away from the official routes.

If properly supported, this world can revitalise the labour market leveraging the culture of making/manufacturing that is at the heart of “Made in Italy”.

New production and business models, technology and manual skills, collaboration, design and sustainability: from here starts the third industrial revolution, with makers organising themselves in digital laboratories and in virtual communities.

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We need to promote and encourage the creation of Digital Manufacture laboratories, ideal places for the creation of technical and cross-functional skills.
Sharing expertise and equipment helps recovering the manual skills for which the Made in Italy is famous, and generates innovation, employment and growth with major social impact.
Knowing the makers and understanding the potential of this sector is essential to ensure its growth. It is important to disseminate the culture of digital craftsmanship to young people, businesses and institutions through positive examples and the contamination with the existing communities. We should leverage all forms of social communication that connect communities and spread the values of this culture.
The operators of the labour market must have a thorough knowledge of the opportunities offered by this sector, in order to consciously guide young people towards these new trades, mixing and reinterpreting handicraft, SMEs and self-employment.
We must create a system with the makers as protagonists along with other public and private entities. In particular, we must raise the awareness of the business world in the fact that laboratories of digital manufacturing can provide expertise and professionalism able to create a continuous process of innovation that can help develop their products, processes and services.

We must promote the acquisition of makers’ skills through vocational training and education. The best experiences of Digital Manufacturing can be included in training programs and in educational institutions, especially those with a high technological specialization like laboratories in the Technical Institutes.
Institutions, employers' associations, stakeholders must interact and create collaborative networks to: integrate the funds for the creation and dissemination of laboratories; promote innovative startups; disseminate local best-practices.
The skills and crafts of digital artisans are not yet well identified. Their mapping can facilitate the orientation, training and entry in the labour market. The good part of these skills are among the most sought after on the labour market, according to all European and international trends.

The knowledge and professionalism of makers can easily materialize in the creation of "digital manufacturing" enterprises. These are in particular need of public incentives in order to start and grow, since are little valued by funding programs almost exclusively aimed at IT start-ups.
In some areas of our country, tools like the voucher are used in order to access shared workspaces. This allows to develop ideas and work on business projects minimizing expenses. This measure is considered particularly useful and should be extended also in the direction of Digital Manufacturing Laboratories.
Exploit the possibilities of the new ESF programming for: outlining new training programs for young people; encourage self-employment for innovative start-ups; increase the number of Digital Manufacturing Laboratories fabrication in the Regions; promote the acquisition of new technologies in traditional craft enterprises; support the launch of digital manufacturing laboratories in schools.

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