With Enel's energy from school to work

Published on Monday, 11 August 2014

Energy and training for young people, employment and social inclusion are the four elements that characterise Enel's activities addressing the weaker and more vulnerable sectors of the local population in countries where the Group is present.

In Latin America, social inclusion and training are achieved through projects addressing young people with limited economic resources, aimed at granting access to professional education and facilitate  admission to work. There are various examples in several countries of Latin America, starting from Peru, where the Enel Group company Edelnor cooperates with the Instituto Superior Tecnológico Nuevo Pachacútec, located in one of the major bidonvilles in the outskirts of Lima, in the district of Ventanilla-Callao. This professional training project has already allowed 152 youngsters to follow a three-year course for skilled electrotechnicians, and to find an employment, in particular in the electricity field. More than 90 percent of the students who have participated in this project, which is also supported by the active presence as volunteers of Edelnor employees, have found a job, also meeting the need for qualified workers in Peru's electricity sector. Besides admission to work, the main benefits of the project regard the participation of women and the development of an extremely poor area.

Admission to work for young people is a matter of interest for Enel in all the countries in which it operates, in Europe (with various initiatives, mostly in Italy and Spain) and in the rest of the world. Just like the commitment that in Latin America characterises  Cátedra Chilectra,a project carried out in Chile and aimed at preparing more than 500 students of vocational training institutes to jobs regarding electricity distribution activities, according to standards of excellence and operational safety. The same focus on young people is also found in Brazil, where Endesa Brasil Oportunidade provides professional secondary-school level courses in the electrotechnical field for disadvantaged youngsters, and in Colombia, where in the area of Bogotá through an electricity distribution and trade technical training programme young people who risk social marginalisation are trained and employed in companies of the Group and others within its supply chain.