This excerpt taken from the PDA 6-K filed May 20, 2008.
The Perdigão Academy organizes the corporate education concepts based on a career development process. The Academy was one of the highlights of 2007, a year in which its processes were consolidated and during which 195 thousand opportunities for training and career development were offered to Company employees. Initiatives for ensuring availability of manpower to occupy future positions as well as developing and installing high performance teams and increasing the sustainability of Perdigãos growth were also
underscored. The Perdigão Academy works along two main fronts to achieve these objectives: the Managerial Development Program (PDG) and the Perdigão Development Line (LDP).
The PDG encompasses in-house programs for the training of Company executives in partnership with the Dom Cabral Foundation and Amana Key Desenvolvimento. The Leadership Development Program (PDL) is one such program, in 2007, completed by 15 professionals following 240 hours of training divided into six dimensions in quarterly meetings. The emphasis of the program is on key competences for meeting corporate strategic targets. In 2008, a further group of 15 leaders will take part in the same program.
Conversely, the LDP is made up of career development programs for all levels of the organization from leaders to employees at the operating level. The program works on the basis of three pillars: Leadership, which increases and improves the skills of the Perdigão leader; Technical/Operational, designed to develop the basic competences at Perdigão; and Institutional contributing to the sustainable growth of the communities by improving stakeholder relations.
JPL (the Perdigão Way of Leading) saw another year of expansion, focusing on the requirements of supervisors, technicians and coordinators, 153 new meetings being held at the Videira (SC), Capinzal (SC), Itajaí (SC), Marau (RS) and Carambeí (PR) units with the participation of 1,125 employeesBased on the concept of leadership, for example, JPL is designed for professionals in a leadership role at various levels. It prepares managers for establishing a relationship of confidence and respect between administrative employees and those on the production lines. This ensures understanding and commitment to the Companys strategic targets, having a positive impact on the level of satisfaction and performance of all.