The first class to attend the first savory pastries course completed lessons last week in São João da Barra, in Northern Rio de Janeiro state. Twenty city residents attended the one-week course in Açu Beach, in the 5th District. The initiative was promoted by Ferroport (the Prumo Logística-Anglo American joint venture that operates the Port of Açu’s Iron Ore Terminal). Besides training São João da Barra citizens who already work in the food sector, the action also aimed at increasing people’s income and stimulating local entrepreneurship. The course was carried out by SENAI (National Service of Industrial Training) with the support of the Labor and Income Superintendence of São João da Barra.
“The first group of the course worked very well. We received very positive feedback from participants, who were able to improve the work they already do by learning new skills and good practices in food preparation. Our goal is to boost professional development among São João da Barra citizens to improve their standing in the labor market,” said Márcio Redivo, Ferroport’s Sustainability manager.
Encerramento curso salgado no Açu- Divulgação (19).jpegThe 20-hour course took a hands-on approach. The students learned recipes such as cheese balls, chicken croquettes, quiches, pot pies, and ham and cheese rolls. The group also received guidance on food preparation and conservation, including proper storage and freezing, in addition to printed material, a sustainable bag from Ferroport and SENAI uniform.
“It was very rewarding to share my experience with people who are this eager to improve their professional skills. We had a very fruitful exchange during classes. The group is enthusiastic and willing to put into practice what they have learned to improve their household income,” said Flavia Souza, Bakery and Confectionery instructor at SENAI.