Making the most out of manufacturing: Metalsa joins BCtA with plan for training young engineers

07 Jul 2014

imageHigh school students benefiting from Metalsa's training program. Photo: Metalsa

New York / Monterrey -- Leading manufacturing company Metalsa announced its plans to train and employ high school students in an effort to inspire young engineers towards future technical careers. The company’s new commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to train an estimated 7,600 new students by 2020.

To meet the challenge of providing technical skills and professional development to high school students in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, the company has committed to employ an estimated 130 trainees. Metalsa will identify high-potential students and support them with specialized training in math, physics and science.

The company is also committed to providing continuous skills training and curriculum to support teachers and managers who often lack the resources to encourage math and science education.

Targeting low-income communities, Metalsa is working to remove the barriers in educating youth and is providing hands-on training, workshops, and mentoring to prepare young people for viable workforce options.

“It is vital that companies like Metalsa work to inspire a new generation of young people in manufacturing and engineering careers,” stated Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager of the Business Call to Action. “Such efforts go a long way to help prepare qualified young people as technicians and in vocations with long-term potential.”

Metalsa’s commitment to preparing young people for technical careers and creating opportunities for improved livelihoods is part of its broader collaboration with partners including Lego Education and Mexico’s Department of Education.

The company has currently adopted 11 schools in Argentina and Mexico, and is focused on further improving workforce readiness by providing innovative training in additional schools and with new partners.

“Being part of Business Call to Action strengthens our commitment to a better world in the educational field. We strive to inspire the knowledge and skills required in manufacturing required to gain meaningful employment,” according to Leopoldo Cedillo Villarreal, Chief Executive Officer of Metalsa.

Contact Information

BCTA: Karen Newman, karen.newman@undp.org, 1.212.906-5194
Business Call to Action (BCtA)