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The first stage is complete: The young participants from Lorena have graduated

The lives of 30 young people in Lorena, a municipality in the state of São Paulo, started to change six months ago when they became the first class of the professional training course offered by thyssenkrupp Elevadores in partnership with the NGO Aldeias Infantis SOS.

Breaking down barriers

These young course participants, whose ages range between 15 and 24 years old, represent a statistic that needs to be changed. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), unemployment among young people in Brazil has been growing; in 2017 it reached its highest point since 1991, when 30% of young Brazilians were unemployed. The main barrier to employment for many young Brazilians is the lack of opportunities due to the country’s economic situation.

One of the purposes of the global partnership between thyssenkrupp Elevadores and Aldeias Infantis SOS is to break down this barrier. Today marked an important step: graduation. Participants in the course’s first class received their completion certificates during the ceremony held in Lorena’s Teatro São Joaquim UNISAL.

The event was attended by the CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator, Andreas Schierenbeck, the COO of thyssenkrupp Elevator Europe and Africa, Sérgio Cardoso, and the national manager of Aldeias Infantis SOS Brasil, Sandra Greco.

Schierenbeck, who founded the project and is passionate about corporate volunteering, emphasized the engagement of the employees involved and the social role the company plays in this context. “Our business revolves around designing, producing, marketing, and maintaining advanced urban mobility solutions that help cities become the best places to live. However, this can only succeed if we establish a fair social balance that promotes a high quality of life,” said the CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator.

Worldwide project

The partnership is part of thyssenkrupp’s global social responsibility project SEED (Support, Educate, Elevate, Develop), which aims to support and develop the skills of young people seeking employment. The project is also affiliated with the YouthCan! program, through which Aldeias Infantis SOS combats youth unemployment with the support of the private sector.

For six months, the young people involved in the project took part in challenging, in-depth activities that included theoretical and practical classes in Portuguese, mathematics, management, computer science, sustainability, and the basics of electricity, mechanics, and elevators, as well as subjects such as life planning, skills mapping, and vocational guidance. The program also includes gaining practical experience in the daily workplace routine at a multinational company; this involves visits to the thyssenkrupp facilities in São Paulo and São José dos Campos, as well as cultural field trips to the state capital of São Paulo and participation in the ‘Virada Sustentável’ festival.

During the graduation ceremony, the efforts and dedication of each person involved were emphasized. The young people put what they learned into practice by exhibiting projects on various themes, such as sustainability, gender diversity, and conscientious consumption. In doing so, they demonstrated that getting the right opportunities makes all the difference when it comes to the developing skills during professional training.

According to Adriano Frank, who is the Manager of the São Paulo/Litoral subsidiary and responsible for the project involving the first training course class in Lorena, the initiative honors the target audience, but also honors (to an even greater extent) the people who donate their time to social causes. “During these months of collaboration, we learned to look into the reality in which these young people live, and have been able to provide them with a new vision of the future. We train them to be successful people, not just professionals, which is highly rewarding,” he says.

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