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You never forget your first headset. Turin, 1962

02/08/2011 - 10:00 AM

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This photo was shot for the in-house magazine to preserve a “first day at work” for posterity. The foreman is handing out headsets, the very symbol of working as an operator, to a young woman in regulation black apron, decorated with a freshly laundered and starched white collar. Like her contemporaries, the woman in the picture had been on a vocational training course run by the concessionary company. Between 1950 and 1960, the STIPEL company of Piedmont and Lombardy ran 61 training courses for 1800 newly-hired operators.

The job required at least middle-school standard education. Courses featured theoretical and practical lessons, and concluded with a pair of tests: one psychotechnological, one vocational. Only apprentices who passed the course progressed to work at the exchange.

 

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