Formare Program promotes the inclusion of Brazilian youth
The Voith Brazil Foundation sponsors the Voith Formare program, which annually offers apprenticeships and professional training to financially disadvantaged teenagers enrolled in public high schools from the Jaraguá neighborhood, where Voith Brazil is located. Since 2006, more than 300 students have benefited from this social program that qualifies young people for their first job.
Created in 2006 by the Voith Brazil Foundation, the Voith Formare program offers teenagers, who are 15 to 17 years old, an opportunity to gain job skills. In each edition of the annual program, Voith Formare qualifies 20 public school students chosen from the approximately 800 students who apply for its selection process every year. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in public schools in the Jaraguá neighborhood.
The program maintains the original mission of the project created by Fundação Iochpe in 1988. By working with local companies, the Formare project offers professional qualification and training in an industrial environment to students from Brazilian public schools.
The program lasts nine months and classes are taught at Voith. In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was conducted remotely (online) through Microsoft Teams. The benefits offered to participants include medical and dental assistance; life insurance; transportation vouchers; on-site meals; a monthly scholarship; a monthly food staple “basket”; school supplies and a uniform. After completing the program, pupils receive a certificate that is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and are qualified to work as industrial administrative assistants.
By teaching basic life skills and specific skills needed to enter the job market, the Voith Formare program helps transform young people’s lives. Content from the program is also linked with the company’s day-to-day processes, such as applied mathematics; oral and written communication; the English language; among others. One of the program's hallmarks is the engagement of Voith employees who serve as volunteer educators, and teach the classes.