This paper focuses on the model of vocational training in industrial districts. Research is based on a case study, Prato, which is a paradigmatic example of industrial districts. A survey on firms having relations on vocational training with local secondary schools had been conducted. The aim of the survey is twofold: outlining the features of local schoolindustry relations, and understanding scenarios of the local vocational training system evolution, in accordance with the change of the socio-institutional context. Results show the presence of a hybrid model between the dual and the state-led vocational training paradigms present in the literature. In the dual district model the pivotal role of secondary schools in training is supported both by a network of strong informal ties with local firms and by a high degree of institutional cooperation at territorial level.
Keywords: Industrial Districts, Local Development, Vocational Training, School-Industry Relations
Jel Code: I25, J24, M51, Z13, R11