Thanks to Alcoa Foundation, Alcoa Canada partnered with three nonprofit organizations in the past 12 months, working to increase the next generation’s interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, math, mining, metallurgy and other non traditional fields. Specifically, employees met with students face-to-face to talk about future opportunities and provide tips on making career choices.
In December 2012, Metallurgy Week set out to raise awareness of the metallurgy industry with students and other education stakeholders, including career counselors, with a focus on the numerous employment opportunities it offers and the importance of metal in our daily lives. Through various activities in eight different regions, employees discussed the production and use of metal, available training programs and job prospects.
In February, Les Filles et les sciences: un duo électrisant ! (Girls and sciences, an electrifying duo!) mobilized 678 high school girls to introduce them to scientific and technological professions. The objective of this day of fun-filled activities was to demonstrate that these professions are hands-on, captivating and a great opportunity for women! The event resulted in a 25 percent increase in the number of girls who are considering a career in science and technology (compared to the results obtained for the same question at the start of the event).
Also in line with helping students make a career choice, Academos, a ‘cybermentorship’ program, now offers high school and college students the opportunity to attend webinars to hear (and see) professionals from various fields talk about topics including careers of the future; women choosing a career typically chosen by men; and turning a passion into a career. This is a unique way for students to interact with people doing a job that is of interest to them. In the framework of this partnership, Alcoans have been invited to take part in the webinars and a number of Canadian employees have also registered to become e-mentors.