Brazil – Technical training for young people
Free university places are very rare in Brazil. Many school leavers who are not lucky enough to be offered a place and who cannot afford to go to an expensive private university are denied access to a university education. Unfortunately, this often means they miss out on the chance of a qualified profession.
There is no dual education system in Brazil like the German one that combines a theoretical qualification with on-thejob training. The national industrial training center SENAI (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial) ensures a minimum number of qualified skilled workers in the industrial sector. Like the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, it is financed via its members and offers certified technical courses and advanced training. Across Brazil, SENAI offers 3,000 courses through over 800 workshops and training centers and trains skilled workers in 28 industrial sectors.
Together with the Knorr-Bremse site in Brazil, Knorr-Bremse Global Care is supporting young people from low-income families. They can complete a technical training course while they are still at school, thereby improving both their career prospects and their chances of being offered a university place: sixteen young people, selected by the human resource department at the Knorr-Bremse site in Itupeva, are given practical lessons at the Knorr-Bremse plant four afternoons a week for one academic year.
They are trained in maintenance of machine tools and acquire a basic knowledge in technical disciplines. In addition, the young people, who all live in the vicinity of the Knorr-Bremse plant, also get to know the Company. They are taught by Knorr-Bremse staff and also spend time with them over lunch in the works canteen. This leads to a lively exchange of views, and the pupils can gather valuable practical experience in addition to a recognized qualification, which will significantly improve their career development prospects.