Ministers of State and Janja Lula da Silva recognize Neoenergia's project that inserts women in the electricity sector



Eduardo Capelastegui, CEO of Neoenergia, with new electricians. Photo: Claudio Kbene 


The School of Electricians of Neoenergia received important recognition on the morning of Wednesday (31/5), during the graduation of new electricians in the Federal District (DF). Attending the ceremony, Minister Cida Gonçalves, from the Ministry of Women and the National Secretary for Transition and Energy Planning, Thiago Barral, representing Minister Alexandre Silveira, from the Ministry of Mines and Energy; and Janja Lula da Silva, sociologist and wife of the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, reinforced the importance of this initiative, especially for female empowerment.

The project seeks to stimulate the generation of employment and income, in addition to expanding the opportunity for a new profession for women, contributing to gender equality in a mostly male career.

The graduation took place in the auditorium of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), and were present Eduardo Capelastegui, CEO of Neoenergia, Frederico Candian, CEO of Neoenergia Brasília, Sandoval Feitosa, director general of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), among other executives.

The School of Electricians, which offers free training of electricians for men and women, in partnership with the National Service of Industrial Learning (SENAI), is a pioneer in creating classes for women in order to promote diversity and inclusion.

Eduardo Capelastegui, CEO of Neoenergia, during his speech at the ceremony, addressed the recognition of this initiative and reinforced to the graduates the importance of continuing to study and train themselves more and more. "Today you all leave here as electricians, able to enter the job market. But stay firm on this path." Eduardo also stressed the importance of the new electricians for the company. "When we can train and hire people like you, who can make a difference, we have the chance to make the Neoenergia group even more efficient," concluded the executive.






To date, the company has promoted 13 exclusive classes dedicated to the training of women, who also have the opportunity to train in mixed classes. In addition to professional training, the new electricians have the chance to join Neoenergia's workforce. About 75% of the more than 5,500 electricians trained were hired by the group where the company is present in the power distribution service. In the Federal District, in approximately two years of Neoenergia's operations in the country's capital, 348 people were trained.

Of this total, 239 new professionals were hired and 117 are women.

"Every time I have the opportunity to follow a graduation of the School of Electricians, I leave here with the certainty that we are on the right track," said Frederico Candian, CEO of Neoenergia Brasília. "Seeing the excitement of our graduates motivates us to continue this project."

Janja Lula da Silva highlighted the importance of actions such as the School of Electricians. "Seeing this Neoenergia project fills us with pride and motivates us to replicate it throughout the country," praised Janja. "Congratulations to all the graduates and I leave here a very important message: never give up on your dreams," concluded the sociologist.     



Janja Lula da Silva greets new electrician. Photo: Claudio Kbene













In addition to the opportunity for training and qualification of labor for the electricity sector in the country, the initiative represents the entry into the labor market for the population of the areas where the company is present in the energy distribution service – Neoenergia Brasília (DF), Neoenergia Coelba (BA), Neoenergia Cosern (RN), Neoenergia Elektro (SP/MS) and Neoenergia Pernambuco (PE).

Neoenergia has approximately 3,000 women in its workforce, in all areas of the company. Of these, more than 380 hold leadership positions within the corporation. At Neoenergia in Brasilia alone, more than 200 women have been hired since the distributor arrived in the federal capital.

ONS - Neoenergia's feminine strength also stands out within the electricity sector. Last May, Solange Ribeiro, vice president of Regulation, Institutional and Sustainability of Neoenergia, was elected to occupy the presidency of the Board of Directors of the National Electric System Operator (ONS) in the period 2023-2024. She is the first woman to hold the top post on the ONS Board, which will soon be 25 years old.

Women's sport - The look at gender equity and female empowerment is not restricted to the School of Electricians. The Neoenergia team has three ambassadors: the two-time South American U-23 champion in the 3,000 meters with obstacles, Mirelle Leite; the Brazilian under-23 road cycling and time trial champion, Ana Vitória Magalhães, the Tota; and three-time kitesurfing world champion Bruna Kajiya. In addition to encouraging the inclusion of women in national sport, the sponsorship reaffirms the strengthening and humanization of the brand in the country.

Neoenergia also has a contract with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to sponsor the Brazilian Women's Soccer Teams, both the main and the grassroots, and the Brasileirão Feminino Neoenergia.