Providing education support
Effective, targeted education can provide opportunities and open doors for young people. We engage with teenagers about what our industry can offer and, in some regions, provide financial support and internships for engaged youth. We also offer practical training in specific areas for adults and offer assistance in building schools.
We provide educational support through:
- Open days for students
- Scholarship programs and internships
- Funding for new school buildings
- Community awareness training
- Immersive English language camps
- Safety awareness and training
The differing approaches to education activities across our regions are an example of the autonomy and specificity of our local community engagement.
Gummidipoondi – we supported the upgrading of a public school, offering scholarships to students; the school’s results have improved dramatically and received regional awards. We also set up a project to increase vocational employment for students not catered for by local education systems, focusing on practical fitting, welding and electrician skills, as well as hair and beautician training.
Renukoot – we offer uniforms and study materials to all 230 students at a local school, where we also provide science tutoring.
Europe and Africa
Italy – we founded the not-for-profit Birla Association for Education and Promotion of Human Development, which seeks to support sustainability initiatives through education. The Association supports local schools through building a theatre and a library and financing research projects, art classes and chairs, and invites high school students to visit.
Egypt – we implemented classes to help government school students secure better grades, benefitting 400 students at three schools. We worked with the Ministry of Adult Education to provide intense literary training for local schoolteachers, and arrange immersive summer school. We also offer environmental awareness training for local communities.
Spain – we recently held an English language summer camp for employees’ children and local vulnerable children.
Marietta – we have partnered with Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia, for the past three years, contributing to a scholars’ program and offering internships, grants and employment. In recognition of our support, the university has named an auditorium after Birla Carbon.
Hamilton – every year, Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canada, selects four students from their Power Engineering program to complete a three-month training program at Birla Carbon. The training gives the students hands-on operating experience of the cogeneration power plant, and counts towards their Power Engineering certification.
Brazil – our facilities hold ‘Open Doors’ events to invite students to get a closer look at our production processes. Employees are also encouraged to volunteer their time to speak to local high schools about safety, carbon black and our industry.
Cubatão – we sponsor cultural projects in the community near our facility, in partnership with the government. Our focus is on providing opportunities of learning and social development through free cultural actions, such as music, photography, dance and arts workshops for our community.