February 14, 2013
Alcoa and Senai train technicians in the west of Pará
The company is investing in pioneering courses in the region in order to prepare new professionals
After the excellent experience in preparing the first Environment and Safety technicians in Juruti, Alcoa, which has a bauxite mining unit in western Pará, is now investing in training groups of mining and electromechanical technicians. The courses, developed by the Brazilian Industrial Apprenticeship Service (Senai), will continue until the first semester, 2014 and are pioneers in the region. The initiative has the support of Alcoa and reinforces the Company's commitment to leveraging investments and valuing the local workforce, thereby contributing to the training of skilled professionals for the demanding mining sector market. Currently, 76% (on average) of the workers in Alcoa Juruti’s workforce of direct and indirect employees come from Pará.
Technical courses are offered to the local population and company employees. To ensure training excellence, students enjoy laboratories equipped with leading edge technology and continuous monitoring by professionals from the area. Recently, the Mine Technician classes visited the company’s manufacturing plant as part of their assessment process. Shortly, future technicians will be starting a new phase of the course. They will have the chance to experience the routine within the mine itself in a more active way, by way of monitored visits and internship experiences, when they will also be able to be part of all stages of the work of extracting bauxite.
For Gláucia Lira Moreira, who is a Juruti resident and was previously a self-employed worker in the food trade, participating in the mine technician course is a challenge for repositioning himself in the market, particularly in a segment that is on the rise in the state. "This experience is enriching for me and I’m planning to pursue a career in the field. My goal is to finish the course and enter the market. This opportunity is unique and I'm really enjoying it", emphasizes the student.
"Alcoa, along with Senai, has increasingly bet on the quality of its vocational courses and its technological and laboratory infrastructure to improve its activities. We’re proud to offer certified courses here in the region and return top-level professionals to the market who are ready to serve the demands and requirements of what is an ever more competitive market in an efficient way", said Celia Oliveira, an education consultant for Alcoa.
In addition to investments in education at the technical level, Alcoa Juruti has a broad qualification program in conjunction with government and institutions that specialize in education. As a result, more than 3,000 workers have already been trained in the region and, in partnership with the Municipal Department of Education in Juruti, some 2,300 education professionals have been trained since the arrival of the mining company in 2006. Added to this, the Chair of Science and Environmental Engineering was created in a partnership with the Federal University of the West of Pará (UFOPA), the Fulbright Commission in Brazil and the U.S. Embassy, and there is an ongoing agreement between UFOPA and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS) to promote a Master’s degree in Mine Engineering. There is also a partnership between UFOPA and the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) to offer an MBA in Equipment Maintenance in the Mining Industry.
Anyone who is part of the process and closely follows the company's initiatives recognizes the company's actions as being efficient alternatives for adding value to the community where it operates. For Wagner Ferreira dos Anjos, who is from Pará and has been working in the ship loading area at Alcoa Juruti since 2010, over and above bringing in courses to which the population had hitherto had no access in the town, Alcoa is contributing to the development of people in the municipality. "We no longer have to leave here for other places or the state capital in search of training. Today I have the opportunity to learn and continue working at the same time. This engages and motivates people more to stay here and attracts investments to the region", concludes Wagner, who is also a student on the mine technician’s course.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa has been in Latin America and the Caribbean since the end of the 50’s where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,5 billion in Brazil. In 2012 it was considered a benchmark in sustainability and was one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br.