"Our firm belief is that construction innovation is no good if it can't face human challenges", says Dalton Avancini, president of Construtora Camargo Corrêa. According to Avancini, the two awards granted by Institute Pró-Cidadania are the acknowledgement of an important work that has been done in remote locations, and most times in environments completely deprived of conditions for the proper inclusion of a professional with disabilities.
In order to bring the professional with disabilities to the work sites, Camargo Corrêa developed a remunerated training and education program, called "Living with differences". The first edition had 294 people in São Luís (MA) enrolled for 90 positions. The training was provided in cooperation with Institute Pró-Cidadania and lasted for three months. By the end of the program, the professionals attended a graduation ceremony. From the 90 graduates, 40 were hired by Camargo Corrêa and the others were hired by local companies.
More than training to people with disabilities, the "Living with differences" program changed the daily routine of the company. Professionals from several departments of Camargo Corrêa, especially at the work sites, were previously instructed on how to include the new work colleagues. With dynamic approaches, giving everyone the chance to experience and understand better the needs and perceptions of a person with a disability, the training aimed at reflection and break of myths and taboos.
Construtora Camargo Corrêa now has 346 employees with disabilities. "We believe that hiring the professional with disability is not enough. It's important to properly include him or her into the company so that they feel encouraged and valued", says Marcelo Bisordi, Institutional Relations Vice-President of Construtora Camargo Corrêa. For 2013, the company is expecting the arrival of 13 apprentices with hearing disabilities, who will work at the company's head office in São Paulo, continuing the policy of inclusion that has been applied over the last years.