A case of interaction between technical-professional education and local society; Biella, ca. 1860-1915 - The author analyses interactions and mutual influences between technical-professional education and industrial development in and around Biella in the decades from the Unification of Italy and the age of Giolitti. The environment, the economy and the production system, as well as the actions of the leading social agents - enterpreneurs, local administrators, families, school system - are all taken into account. This enables the author to show how effective education, especially secondary education, can be in furthering industrialization and territorial development. Particular attention is paid to the reconstruction of the career prospects of students who attended the technical-vocational schools considered in the essay, with a view to assessing the degree of correspondence between educational achievements and the skills acquired and deployed at work.
Keywords: Biella; XIX-XX centuries; educational system; industrial development; career prospects
Parole chiave: Biellese, sec. XIX-XX, sistema produttivo, sistema formativo, istruzione tecnico-professionale, destinazioni lavorative