July 15, 2013
Alumar launches its Businesspeople for the Future group program
On August 15, Alumar is launching yet another “Businesspeople for the Future” group program. Now in its 8th edition over a four month period 25 students from the Professor Mário Martins Meireles Middle School, under guidance from volunteer employees from Alumar, form and administer a mini-company producing aluminum coat hangers.
The aim of the Program is to develop an entrepreneurial spirit in elementary and middle school students, who are able to learn some of the theories and practices of the business world. During the whole of the period the Program lasts the students are entitled to transportation to and from their school to Alumar, meals, life insurance and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The councilors are volunteer employees from Alumar, who give the students guidance in the Production, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources areas.
The manager of the Management, Safety, Environment and Institutional Relations System, Dulcimar Soares highlights the importance of the learning the students acquire “It’s an unequalled opportunity, because of the range of theoretical and practical knowledge the Program offers. I hope they come full of enthusiasm in order to take maximum advantage of the learning opportunity”, said the manager.
About the Mário Martins Meireles Education Center
The Professor Mário Martins Meireles Middle School is the first school institution of its type in the rural area of São Luís and was inaugurated in 2004 by Alumar, resulting also in a partnership with the State government. At the time it was the Consortium’s responsibility to guarantee the infrastructure and acquire the equipment and the State looked after the operation, maintenance, administrative management, human resources and teaching system. The Center has the capacity to educate 1,200 students, working three periods a day, and is of benefit to residents living in the Coqueiro, Estiva, Itapera, Maracanã, Pedrinhas, Quebra Pote, Rio Grande, Vila Maranhão, and Vila Nova República communities.
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 is present in Latin America and the Caribbean 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 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil.
In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil