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A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN TALENT

Finding and retaining young talent is vital for your company’s future. Many of those new to the industry are looking for meaningful ways to use their skills and experience to make a positive difference in the world.

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Companies that give their young leaders opportunities to pursue their passion for doing good will be more likely to build leaders that stay engaged and stay committed.

As a “Peace Corps" type experience for the construction industry, Extollo provides construction companies in the US with a unique opportunity to give their employees an opportunity to use their skills and experience to make a positive impact, while bringing high-quality construction training to one of the poorest countries in the world. Engaging younger talent through a Peace Corps-type experience can build employee skills, positive company culture, and loyalty - while also being a powerful recruitment tool for high school and trade school graduates.

For experienced professionals:

 

Extollo provides a 2-3 week opportunity to travel to Haiti and contribute to construction training and learning in Haiti.
 

For high school or

trade school graduates:

 

Extollo provides a 3-12 week opportunity for high school or trade school graduates to develop skills, and proven competency, in concrete, masonry, carpentry, and welding that construction companies could then put these young leaders fully on payroll when they return. Graduates would be promoted to this opportunity at job fairs and other recruitment events/platforms.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMEMENT

The Extollo training team is focused on improving the lives of Haitian men and women in two critical areas:

  1. Trade School Training – we provide 2-week classroom and shop trainings in masonry, concrete, welding, and electrical.

  2. Practicum Program – we hire graduates to work on projects in one of four trades to build their fundamental skills through on-the-job training.

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Depending on the skills and interests of your employees, they may be asked to support either of these initiatives as follows:

TRADE
SCHOOL

Offering guidance to trade school students who are developing their skills in the practical or hands-on aspects of training. This could include showing students how to lay block or how to mix, pour and finish concrete. Or, if you’re comfortable in front of the class, you might be invited to share with them your knowledge of the fundamentals of tilt-up at the whiteboard.

PRACTICUM
PROGRAM

You will be assigned a team of Level 1 graduates who you would oversee executing a construction project. In this real-life teaching situation, you are invited to round out student skills, teaching about safety, how to plan a job, how to prepare the work site, how to do the work and how to clean up at the end of the day. You'll also be helping students build on and refine the skills they’ve learned in the classroom. Team meetings at the start and end of each day help you to interact with your team and answer questions as they arise. These valuable lessons teach students what it means to be a construction employee and prepare them for future opportunities on a job site.

WHAT YOUR EMPLOYEES CAN EXPECT

Prior to departing the United States, they will be briefed on the specifics of the project they will work on.


When they arrive on campus, they will be greeted by our Haitian staff who will give them a tour of the site, introduce them to their team and all of the resources they will need for the project. They will also receive their final project assignment and schedule and assigned a translator if the team does not include an English speaker. Whether the project is on-the-job training or construction management they will be taking the lead

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but with the full support of our American on-site construction manager. When they return to the US, we will all jump on a zoom call to debrief the experience, as feedback is critical to Extollo’s success.

PROCESS

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INITIAL INQUIRY
INITIAL MEETING
between company and Extollo leadership
(Sherman Balch & Keith Cobell)
MORE INFORMATION
Extollo sends the company an informational packet about the program, and more meetings are scheduled as needed.
PARTNERSHIP
If it is determined by both companies that there is a good fit, then each of the construction company's employees will travel to Haiti for 2-3 weeks. Ongoing conversation and debriefs will help ensure the experience is benefiting the company.

WHAT EXTOLLO PROVIDES

  • Airfare to and from Haiti.

  • All in-country travel, including - when necessary - armed security escort to and from the Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) and Extollo's campus in Bercy - approximately 22 miles north of Port-au-Prince.

  • Accommodation in Extollo's staff and visitor housing, includes meals, internet, A/C, and 24/7 security.

  • Financial compensation DOE.

  • Emergency medical service coverage while in Haiti.

  • Day of rest and relaxation at a beach resort on the Caribbean.

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ABOUT EXTOLLO

Extollo is a social-impact business that is unleashing Haiti's potential to build a stronger future by training a construction workforce of character and capability while adding strength and safety to Haiti's infrastructure. Extollo’s mission is to help ambitious men and women in Haiti lift themselves out of extreme poverty through skill acquisition, character development, and economic opportunity.