The goal of the project is social transformation by educating young people
In 2017 alone, the Formare Project trained approximately 50 young people for the job market. The project has been at IP since 2010, through a partnership with Fundação Iochpe. Students enter the course through a rigorous selective process including exams, group dynamics and interviews. All of the students are from communities neighboring the International Paper businesses in the cities of Luiz Antônio (SP), Mogi Guaçu (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS).
“We are doing more than training socially vulnerable young people; we are helping to change their family base. We believe that by maintaining this project at our factory units, we are transforming the lives of people through example, education and showing them a scenario of opportunities,” says Tomás Fernandes, the project’s coordinator.
Over nine months, classes are given from Monday through Friday voluntarily by IP professionals – known as Volunteer Educators. The project also relies on participation from executives that hold leadership positions and serve as tutors for students through the “Aim for the Example” program.
“Os alunos são talentos descobertos e podemos lapidá-los, é gratificante! Sabemos que isso só é possível pela estrutura que o Formare proporciona para cada um. Os jovens passam a ter outra percepção da vida profissional e pessoal”, declarou Gabriella Pavanelli, trainee da IP, também Educadora Voluntária do Formare.
In addition to theoretical classes, students also have the chance to learn about pulp and paper production processes during Professional Practice, where they are monitored by IP professionals and are able to apply the theory they learn in the classroom.
Moreover, at the end of the course, the students receive a certificate, issued by Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR) and accredited by the Ministry of Education (MEC).
“Formare turned me into a better person! It contributed to my personal and professional development, making me a more communicative person. I now know the value of teamwork and, through Professional Practice, I chose the career I want to pursue. Formare also showed me how important education is and how it is part of achieving my goals,” says Mileny Nomura, 19, a 2017 Formare student.
In its 10 years at International Paper Institute, over 300 young people have gone through the Formare program. The project has taken place in Mogi Guaçu (SP) since 2010, in Luiz Antônio (SP) since 2011 and in Três Lagoas (MS) since 2014. The next classes start in March at the 3 units.