Believe Jr. Program
Launched during the 2014/2015 crop year, the Believe Jr. program provides vocational training to youth and young adults from 17 to 22 years old who live in Communities near our Units. The participants are recommended by Team Members at Odebrecht Agroindustrial and the recruiting process includes tests, group dynamics and interviews. Once approved, the trainees are contracted as Apprentices and participate in a special development program.
In the last crop year, we invested approximately R$9.5 million in Believe Jr., which benefitted 219 young adults who received an aggregate 39,800 hours of training. Three classes graduated in the first half of 2016 and 23 students (45% of graduates) were hired by the Company.
The training program lasts one and a half years and is divided into three stages:
- Corporate Module: focuses on disseminating the Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology (TEO) and on training in behavioral aspects.
- Theoretical Module: customized curriculum based on the needs of each unit of the Company. This module is administered by the regional units of the National Industrial Training Service (SENAI), which also monitors students’ conduct and performance through evaluations.
- Practical Module: students are introduced to the work routine of the agricultural and industrial operations, under the supervision of operational Leaders and focal points from the People & Organization team.
Formalizing participants’ employment relationships as Apprentices during their participation in the program ensures they are paid compensation in accordance with the law for apprentices who are minors, while fostering local development and ensuring a supply of qualified labor for the Company.