This project looks to carry out three training courses in the gas sector aimed at the vulnerable population, in addition to the human development programme led by the Social Service of Industry of Rio de Janeiro (SESI-RJ). The courses are: techniques of gas inspection for reviewing buildings, Commercial Agent of Piped and Installed Gas and maintenance of combustible gas installations in buildings. It aims to provide these young people with training and the opportunity to enter the working world.
- Training Center of the Naturgy Foundation, Espaço Criança Esperança
- Professional training program ``Jovens na cozinha``
This programme is focused on training as gas technicians and civil construction specialists in the communities of Cantagalo and Pavão/Pavãozinho, in southern Rio de Janeiro, to help their personal progress and ensure that the new gas professionals are hired by the different companies that provide their services to Naturgy Brasil, a gas distribution company in Rio de Janeiro.
The creation of the Foundation’s Training Centre has achieved the following objectives:
- Training professionals in different trades: construction, painting, plumbing (gas and water) and environment suitability.
- Providing young people with opportunities to access the labour market through their first occupation.
- Coordinating the placement of young people in the labour market.
- Carrying out an extensive process of humanising properties, alongside the members and inhabitants of the communities.
Information given by SENAI teachers (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial), which is the most prestigious training school in Brazil, and technicians from the Espacio Criança Esperança team.
Interest in the programme is growing
Interest in the work carried out by the Naturgy Foundation Training Centre has been growing among authorities, universities and national institutions. This is reflected in the amount of visits since it opened, with the most notable being: The King and Queen of Sweden, Carl Gustaf and Silvia; the Baroness Catherine Margaret Adhton, Vice President of the European Commission; Yoo Soon, wife of the Secretary General of the UN; the Right Honourable President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Mr. Artur Mas i Gavarró; Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Director-General of UNESCO; Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President of the United States of America; Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile; Robert Zoellick, Chairman of the World Bank; Jonas Gahr Store, Norway’s Foreign Minister; Michael Gunzburger, USA Representative for UNESCO; José Manuel Durão Barroso, Chairman of the European Commission; Sergio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Irina Bokova, Director-General; Princess Mathilde of Belgium; Princess Marie Cavallier of Denmark; the Sheikh of Qatar, Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, and international pop star Lady Gaga.
It has been recognised by the UN as an international model of care for children, adolescents, young people and their families, and is supported by TV Globo and UNESCO.
It is also worth mentioning that the UPP Programme (Pacifying Police Unit) implemented by the Council of Rio de Janeiro has led to a radical change in the security and development of the favelas. In fact, the favelas where this has been implemented have become safe places where institutions have the opportunity to invest and, therefore, develop them.
A large percentage of students who finished their training were hired by OAS, the company responsible for carrying out the Federal Government’s Growth Acceleration Plan (PAC), and many of these students perform their roles in the same community.
Since 2005, 586 young people have qualified as gas technicians and civil construction professionals through this project.
This programme started in 2015 following an agreement with LaSalle University in the city of Niteroi (Rio de Janeiro), and aims to train chefs in order to meet the demand in the gastronomy sector in Niteroi, an important gas expansion area for Naturgy Brasil.
The main idea of this Programme is to thoroughly prepare young people for the hotel industry and help them secure jobs in restaurants around Rio de Janeiro.
LaSalle University (Rio de Janeiro) was opened in May 2002. Today, the university provides nine undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The university’s main objectives are to be an open space of educational excellence that is committed to training pioneering professionals while respecting ethical and human values and remaining environmentally and socially aware. It educates students in how to learn, encourages them to cultivate their skills and intelligence to develop an analytical thought process which enables them to make decisions and resolve problems.
Since 2015, 40 young people have been trained as chefs through this project.