WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN CONGO: PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND JOB PLACEMENT

With the ultimate objective of improving technical and social development and providing alternatives for community incomes, in 2017 Saipem and Boscongo (Saipem’s local subsidiary in Congo) continued to carry out an initiative in partnership with two local NGOs to increase the employment level of women living with social issues within host communities and provide them with the opportunity to obtain a qualified job.
The initiative consists of three phases:

  • an 18-month professional training programme for unskilled women;
  • professional job placement for skilled women (establishment of a cooperative of welders and the establishment of a sewing workshop);
  • a second professional job placement consisting of an internship programme.
Women managing the sewing shop in 2017: 4
Women selected for the internship programme in 2017: 10
In addition, one woman was recruited in the Boscongo Asset department.