Neoenergia S A : School of Electricians Project has just hired 74 women who have passed the course and are now …
Aline Alves dos Santos – electrician
How many female electricians do you know? The answer may be “few”, but that reality has changed more and more. Neoenergia’s commitment to promoting diversity in the professional environment, an action implemented through several initiatives, has enabled the development of exclusive classes for women as part of the School of Electricians project. On March 9, 74 women who had completed the course joined the Neoenergia team, an initiative that helps promote gender equality in a previously male-dominated profession.
“There are no barriers”,says electrician Nailana dos Santos, who is the youngest student in the newly completed class at the age of 21. She was studying electrical engineering when she found out about the opening of registrations at the School of Electricians at Coelba, a Neoenergia concessionaire operating in the state of Bahia. The initiative is run in partnership with Senai and includes both exclusive classes for women and mixed classes. ‘This experience was very important to me, learning and knowledge. I understand the importance of initiative in equal opportunities because after passing the school of electricians, I realized that everything we want and can do, says Nailana.
A similar feeling can be seen with Aline Alves dos Santos,26 years old. She was working in HR when she took the opportunity at the School of Electricians to put into practice the interest she always had in electrics. ‘At first it was very challenging, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t for me, but over time I started to like and meet. Today I know that the course was a turning point in my life and that it opened my eyes to more opportunities, ”says the electrician. She also highlights the support that was shared among the other students, which led her to move forward. “Don’t let anyone tell you there is something you can’t do. The first step is to realize that you are able. We’re here to make a difference. “
The change made through Neoenergia’s initiative not only impacted the lives of nearly 100 women in 2020 alone, but has also been a source of recognition and reference. The company’s project to offer exclusive courses for women at the School of Electricians has been highlighted by the United Nations as an example of one of the Principles of the Empowerment of Women (WEPs), namely promoting the education and professional development of women. Success was achieved through a case study published by WeEmpower, the UN Women’s Program with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the European Union to promote good business practices.
Neoenergia was also one of the highlights of the XI Corresponsables Award from Ibero America, which was honored with the School of Electricians project in the category of large companies. The award aims to evaluate the best initiatives and best practices related to social responsibility, sustainability and communication in the Ibero-America region, formed by countries where Portuguese or Spanish are the predominant languages.
‘We are constantly committed to promoting gender equality because we know that equality and diversity add value at different levels, both for the company and for empowering professionals. Contributing to a scenario where more women have equal opportunities in the labor market leads to positive changes in the world, ”he says Neoenergias Superintendent for Organizational Development, Régia Barbosa.
In 2020, the School of Electricians project was carried out in 47 cities and 1,437 electricians between men and women were trained. Of these, 764 were hired by Neoenergia. For this year, 50 classes are expected to be completed and 14 new classes started. The project serves the concession areas of Neoenergia dealers in four states – Bahia, Pernambuco, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Norte – and offers a professional course with theoretical and practical disciplines of up to seven months and a workload of 596 hours.
In addition to developing and strengthening qualified technical vocational training with a focus on safety, the measure is part of the Neoenergy Group’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set gender equality as one of the most important global goals to be achieved should be in 2030..