This year, we started the Formare project, in partnership with the Iochpe Foundation. The social vocational education program for low-income youth benefited 25 new professionals from Embu das Artes and surroundings. Next year, more young people will benefit! On December 12th, at the Mestre de Assis Cultural Center, in Embu das Artes, we formed our first seeds.

The graduation, organized by our People and Mana‐ gement team, brought together distinguished guests, such as our CEO, Armando Marchesan, the directors Alexandre Nakamaru, Diná Carvalho, Marcelo Issao and Sidinei Akira. Also present were Armando Neto, re‐ presentative of the Iochpe Foundation and Alexandre Ramos, of the Embu das Artes Secretariat of Labor.

“By conducting programs like this, we are collaborating with the sustainable growth of our country and preparing skilled and skilled labor for the job market,” said our CEO during the ceremony. Diná Carvalho, Sequoia’s People and Management Director, stressed the need to persist and face challenges, advising trainees to carry with them throughout their professional career the principle of liking what they do, always committing to the results.

Several Sequoia professionals contributed to the training of apprentices, acting as project educators. Janaina Nascimento, from the HR team, participated actively from the beginning. “In the Sequoia Seeds program, we train young people for a successful pro‐ fessional career. The company really believes in this project, and this is the differential for the work to be effective. Throughout the ten months of the program, we engaged our employees and achieved very positive results. And with the support of our professionals and the apprentice’s relatives, the graduation of the first Sequoia Seeds class was a success! ”Says Janaina.

Simair Silva, from internal communication, and Marcel Honda, from work safety, were chosen by the apprentices as honoured lecturers of the ceremony and recalled moments lived during the learning process, highlighting that, besides the possibility of making professional students better for the job market, they also changed, acquiring growth and making adjustments to their professional trajectories.

The prom night could not have been different: a lot of excitement from the young apprentices, their families, the volunteer educators and the whole Sequoia team.

We are proud to be part of Projeto Formare, proud to have formed our first seeds, new professionals who will have a bright future ahead!