February 26, 2013

Young Apprentice Program is a passport to the labor market


Partnership between Alcoa and Senai offers training to students from Juruti, in the west of the state


To boost the region’s development and value the local workforce more, Alcoa, in a partnership with the National Industrial Apprenticeship Service (Senai) in the municipality of Juruti, in the west of Pará, is betting on training new professionals on its Young Apprentice program. The initiative had young students, aged between 16 and 24, taking part in a hotly disputed selection process, but one that is a passport to their entering the labor market. During the courses, students have both theoretical and practical lessons and also take part in an internship program at the Juruti bauxite mine that is supervised by Alcoa employees.


Those who have the chance of participating on the program do not conceal their satisfaction and are already drawing up their plans for the future. "The course exceeded my expectations. Right from the beginning the first classes were already enough to awaken the desire to pursue a career in the area", says student, John Wagner Santos, from the Electro-mechanical Maintenance Operator class, who is dedicating himself fully to getting an opportunity to work in the company itself.


The main objective of the Young Apprentice scheme is to train new professionals and offer students the qualifications and tools for getting their first job. According to Rogerio Ribas, Human Resources Manager at Alcoa Juruti, the Company's participation in this program reaffirms the its commitment to education and the region’s growth. "Valuing local labor is one of the factors that allows us to grow sustainably, generating jobs and income for the people who live here. Bringing a program like this to the municipality, which comes from a hunting and gathering culture and today is building up an industrial culture, offers young people other horizons and career paths. We believe that the success of Alcoa Juruti will be measured when we have leaders who were trained in the municipality itself, like in other company units. That is our goal here in Pará and the Young Apprentice program opens up this opportunity", he says.


In Juruti, the program includes a number of initiatives for providing the local workforce with qualifications, including training courses for the local population (even in rural areas), which have benefited about 3,000 people since 2006.


Young apprentice, Cristiane Moreira de Souza, believes that the Electro-mechanical Maintenance Operator course will contribute significantly to her professional formation, since it addresses subjects that are not looked at during high school and this is a differential. "I see this course as an open door to the labor market and a very big opportunity for pursuing a career within Alcoa, by entering with technique and growing more and more, while always learning", she comments.


Students from other classes, who completed the Industrial Maintenance Electrician’s course, now claim to have a different view about electricity: the fear that existed at the start of the lessons has given way to admiration and a desire to learn more and more. "I really enjoyed the course and I intend pursuing it as a career. I want to go to an Electrical Engineering college, and I’m going to make every effort to achieve this", says Anisson da Silva, one of the young program participants.


About Alcoa


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