May 13, 2010

AVEVA announces a national partnership with SENAI to train design engineers in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: AVEVA, one of the world's leading providers of engineering design and information management solutions for the plant, power and marine industries, today announced a new educational initiative in Brazil with the SENAI industrial training institution. Recognizing that market growth has created an urgent need for more qualified piping engineers and designers, AVEVA and SENAI have teamed together to train job candidates in AVEVA PDMS 3D plant design technology.

The demand for qualified engineers is rapidly increasing, so the new training partnership will provide engineers the opportunity to learn the software and bring their skills in line with today's employer requirements and needs. The course will be taught at 20 sites across Brazil at the SENAI training facilities.

Santiago Pena, AVEVA's Vice President for Latin America, said, "There is a real demand for PDMS-trained engineers in Brazil. A shortage could be on the horizon as the global economy improves. Our partnership with SENAI aims to address that potential problem and provide industry with the trained workers it needs to continue the economic and industrial expansion. We are pleased to be working with SENAI to meet this growing industry need for qualified engineers."

SENAI and AVEVA had been conducting PDMS training in Sao Paulo and Salvador, but the expanded agreement covers all SENAI sites, giving the Brazil market full coverage.

Mr. José Manuel de Aguiar Martins, General Director from SENAI said, "Our new partnership with AVEVA will provide engineering students a valuable competitive advantage. Having more skilled PDMS engineers who can support 3D projects will not only benefit their employers, but also benefit the country".

Organized and run by industrial entrepreneurs - through the National Confederation of Industry and through the state federations - SENAI was created to meet a concrete demand for the training of qualified workers for Brazilian industry. SENAI has grown from one of the first vocational training schools to the largest educational network in Brazil, favoring the complete development of the individual's productive capacity.

Since its creation, 41.7 million students have enrolled in SENAI schools, including 250 Professional Education Centers, 39 Technology Centers, 118 Training Centers/Agencies, plus 306 Mobile Units and 310 Mobile Action program kits. Modern teaching technology, islands of production integration technology, technological information diffusion systems, and laboratories are all part of an educational network for SENAI's 21st century work.