Founded by Mrs. Mara Rocha, late wife of Tracbel Group president Mr. Luiz Gonzaga, the Professionalize Project started in 1995 at the company’s headquarters in Contagem, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Professionalize Project prepares young students, seventeen to nineteen years of age, for insertion in the workplace through a one-year professional development program.
A class in progress.
Some of the social objectives of the program include promoting the education of youth from low-income families, contributing to their financial independence, and encouraging their involvement in community development.
The program consists of a one-year Mechanics Learning course that aims to teach students the basics of machine mechanics through a theoretical and practical methodology. Technical analysis, community classes, disease and drug prevention, Portuguese language, ethics, and supervised internships are also part of the integrated educational program.
This project was life-changing for me. It gave me complete confidence in my entry into the workforce.
— Tracbel mechanic, Eduardo Avancini
Tracbel mechanic, Eduardo Avancini.
Eduardo Avancini joined the Professionalize Project in 2014 after graduating at SENAI, the National Service of Industrial Training. “The Professionalize Project was an entrance into Tracbel for me,” says Eduardo. “My family has always encouraged education. After I completed my studies, I saw this as a great opportunity.”
During the program, Eduardo developed skills related to the maintenance of heavy equipment. “I learned about the assembly of essential mechanical components including engines, axles, and hydraulic transmissions. I also learned how to conduct a pre-delivery inspection and deliver a machine to the customer. This project was life-changing for me. It gave me complete confidence in my entry into the workforce.” After completing the program, Eduardo was hired as a mechanical assistant for Tracbel.
Tracbel’s mission goes far beyond providing high quality heavy equipment and service support. Through projects like these, Tracbel invests in community engagement and contributes to the growth and development of young people. So far, the program has helped over 630 students in the past 26 years. Sadly, founder Mara Rocha passed away in 2014. However, her meaningful legacy lives on.
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