Companies have been concerned about the level of future generations and each time they are opening more schools and programs
One of the fundamental aspects for the industrial sector growth in Coahuila is the betting on young students, since they represent the new generations taking the future lead in the State. That is why companies increasingly are getting involved in their academic development, through alliances with institutions and even the creation of educational establishments inside the same companies, such is the case of Zapa, which already has a CONALEP integrated into its plant.
Currently, CONALEP Zapa has 120 students, which are divided in 60 per grade, and it is estimated that it will continue growing. The plan managed is the Machinery and Tooling Technician career, but in a future the educational offer can grow.
“It is not commercial but, for us at Zapa, we have a schooled CONALEP operating inside the company, and we are promoting the integration of the worker through their children studying there. We even offer some of them the same transportation, so they can arrive to school,” said Rafael Amar Tamez, human resources operations director at the company.
The idea, besides helping the current workers to facilitate the professional conditions of their children, is to form the industrial guild of the future. “We make the internal promotion from April through May for workers, we give them preference to provide their children with the opportunity if they want to study a technical career at the CONALEP, so they can consider it.”
“It is opened to all young people living near Zapa and to those that have the intention of studying a technical career at the CONALEP, registers are open,” he said when being asked if it was only for workers’ children. “We enable the entire facilities and even for some of them, if the route suits them, they can take the bus to arrive here,” he added.
“This emerged from the need of having the school within the industry, in order to generate the resource required by it (the industry,) that has given the young people a way of seen how is to be inside the company without being there yet, the issue is discipline, punctuality, complying with the tasks,” he said.
About the possibility of employing all of them, he said that they will try to provide them with a place, but if not, there are other companies that will receive them. “The reality is that when they graduate, we could not be able to offer a work plant for them, that is why we are open to other companies offering practices to them,” he ended.
AN EXEMPLARY MODEL
Another company that in recent years has being concern by developing new talents is ZF Powertrain, German automotive company which currently has agreements with Intec Don Bosco, from Saltillo.
“We have two years training employees’ children, and since 2012 we have a project developing the technicians for leveling them to the required competition level,” said Eliel Martinez, human resources manager at ZF Poertrain in Saltillo.
He highlighted that at the first post-alliance generation graduated 12 students children of workers and currently they are performing their professional practices.
“From the 38 children of employees, there are 12 graduated, the remaining ones continue studying. We have little desertion, the motivation we give them is in fact high, they are so motivated that they really want to continue with a professional career,” he explained.
Before the youngsters’ desire of excel, Eliel Martinez said that there is complete support of the company for them to continue studying.
“In order to reach the technical level we help them with 100 %, it is part of the program and we are assessing which percentage we are going to give them in the university, which initially was not the plan, but it is better if they continue going high,” he concluded.
STRENGTHENING THE BORDER
Meanwhile, in the northern part of the State the construction jobs started for the Universidad Tecnologica de Ciudad Acuna, with the placement of the foundation Stone where the building will be built.
This new university, in which will invested 40 million pesos, will have 14 didactic classrooms, two computer laboratories, a language laboratory, conference room, rectory, meeting room, professors cubicles, coordinators’ offices, department chiefs offices and school services area.