Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti

by Extollo International
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Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti
Youwens installing metal work
Youwens installing metal work

Thank you for supporting the Job Search Workshop we held in June - it was a big success!  A total of 27 alumni attended, in addition to a few interested campus employees.  Rose, a Human Resources Executive, gave a presentation about how to network, find job opportunities, prepare a resume and interview.  Participants also engaged with two local area engineers in a Q&A about what they look for in a construction candidate when hiring.  There are now plans to hold a follow-up workshop with additional job search content next year.

 

The trade school has also been actively engaging with Alumni online to grow membership in the Alumni Association Facebook page.  Cell phone communications in Haiti can be unreliable and phone numbers change often.  This page establishes a new communications channel to share information about events and job opportunities.  Membership has tripled since last quarter.  

 

This summer, we launched a tools survey, which 18 alumni completed.  The survey tells us which tools our graduates need to help them find work, start their own business, do home repairs or help out others in their community.  The tools will be offered for sale to students at a reduced price at a future alumni event.  

 

A graduate of our welding program, Youwens recently took his skills to the next level as an entrepreneur, building ornate metal work over a garage.  From start to finish he estimated, designed, fabricated, welded and installed the piece, employing all of the skills needed to start his own business.  Thanks for helping to make this opportunity possible!

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Vanessa leading a Welding Level 1 class
Vanessa leading a Welding Level 1 class

Finding work in Haiti is very challenging. There are few jobs and no online job boards. Work is a luxury for those who are well connected.

To help our alumni overcome these obstacles, we will be hosting a Job Search Workshop at the end of June. This workshop will teach our graduates how to network in their communities and uncover the hidden job market. Attendees will learn how to prepare a resume and portfolio tailored to the construction industry and they will learn how to effectively interview. We look forward to sharing more about the impact of the Job Search Workshop in our next update.

We are also proud to share the accomplishments of Vanessa, a top Level 1 welding graduate who has become Extollo’s first female lead welding trainer. Vanessa’s dedication, excellence in welding, and desire to learn have also earned her a coveted position on Extollo’s welding fabrication team. Thanks for the part you’re playing to give this alumni a better future!

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Alumni taking survey
Alumni taking survey

We continue to connect with our alumni through alumni events on our campus, and through social media. Since many of our alumni aren’t able to keep the same phone number, we’ve created a Facebook group where all alumni information can be shared out to all interested alumni.

One of the important elements of our gatherings is to hear from our alumni about their current work, how often they’re able to find work, and what skills are they needing to become more competitive in the job market. So it is that at every alumni meeting each person fills out a survey letting us know what and how they are doing - and how Extollo can add more value to them as growing professionals in the construction industry. And it is always fun to give our alumni a tour of the campus, showing them all the new developments in process. 

Thank you again for helping our alumni in their careers!

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Alumni touring the campus
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Female student in Masonry class
Female student in Masonry class

A big thanks to our donors to the "Employment Support for Extollo Alumni in Haiti" project!

This summer we held an Alumni Association meeting at our campus with almost 100 alumni, and the event included networking opportunities, job search coaching, and guest speakers from the construction industry. We also gave the alumni a survey that gave us really good data on how our alumni are faring in the local job market, and what skills they feel they need to be successful in the workforce.

We also had graduation for our Port-au-Prince campus at our Bercy campus, to show the new alumni the many construction businesses we are launching, show them how their training can produce structures of high quality, and inspire them to get involved in our tilt-up and metal fabrication operations.

In this class - the first class to be taught by Extollo at the new Port-au-Prince campus - one of the female students really shined in the Masonry Level 1 class, and won an award for her tenacity in learning a new skill in the construction trades. We are inspired and hopeful that more and more women will take our classes and thus join our Alumni Association!

New alumni working on on-the-job skills
New alumni working on on-the-job skills
Alumni from Port-au-Prince visiting Bercy campus
Alumni from Port-au-Prince visiting Bercy campus
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Thank you again for your support of this project to help our alumni gain employment - and thus take even better care of their families, their communities, and their futures.

We had a successful inaugural Alumni Association meeting on April 24, 2021, with 57 alumni attending (75 alumni had registered). During the event there were guest speakers, opportunities to network, and a survey to give Extollo a "baseline" of where our alumni are at in regards to their professional life and to identify how Extollo can better prepare them for the job market.

The survey uncovered that Extollo graduates who have completed Level 1 training and have some work experience see an acceleration in both work days and wages after their Extollo training. However, for those with no work experience, the Extollo Level 1 training alone does not help them become employed.  

 

We are currently working on a solution: a tiered on-the-job training program to build core skills for unemployed alumni, increase and build more advanced skills for those with some work experience, and migrate experienced graduates into training leadership positions or out into the job market. The program's aim is to bridge work experience gaps and qualify all groups for further advancement.

 

Thank you again for your support of this project - and all the ways it is having, and will have, on these courageous and ambitious men and women.

 

Alumni filling out survey
Alumni filling out survey
Alumni reconnecting
Alumni reconnecting
Masonry skills competition
Masonry skills competition

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Keith Cobell
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