Employment Training and Financial Education for construction workers in Mexico.

Whit classrooms in construction, we promote: education, financial and job training, ameliorate living conditions to have-nots

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Initiative's representative name

Construyendo y Creciendo A.C /José A Shabot Cherem

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • Mexico

Where are you making a difference?

México and 16 states within México

Website or social media url(s)

URL Web:http://construyendoycreciendo.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.comConstruyendoyC/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConstruyendoyC Linkedin: https://co.linkedin.com/company/fundacion-construyendo-y-creciendo Instagram: ConstruyendoyC

When was your organisation founded?


Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Financial skills and capability
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways) 

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $500k - $1m

Organisation Type

  • Non-profit / NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

In 2014, José Shabot outraged by the living conditions of the masons, put signs on the site to avoid abuses regarding the payment to construction workers. Thus, he realizes that most did not know how to read or write and more than 90% did not finish high school, they lived with discrimination and marginalization in various fields as well as strong working hours. With his family I believe Building and Growing A.C. as an option of educational continuity, labor and personal development, thanks to the alliance with the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) the studies have official validity (literacy, primary, secondary and preparatory). We have enabled 133 classrooms, in 16 states, with 24790 beneficiaries

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

In Mexico, 95.2% of the masons are illiterate, of which 51.4% are still in educational lag and 5.9% cannot read or write. According to the National Survey of Evaluation and Employment (2013), there are more than 2 million people working in this sector, the majority migrate to work in the cities to meet their basic needs. Without studies and training the possibility of improving your economy and your family environment is void.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Through our classrooms, the construction worker will be able to conclude his studies and obtain the certificate that guarantees it, since we provide support and mediation in the construction of knowledge, development of mathematical skills and abilities, communication, natural environment and social through guides and material developed for this purpose. Use of ICT: support in the use of digital platforms for the use of self-directed courses that allow the beneficiary to manage the computer equipment and its basic tools. Job training: training or supplementation courses to develop or reinforce knowledge on the subject from theory and practice and talkins about financial education, retirement savings, use of the ATM. Health education: awareness and violence prevention talks. Talks about sexual and reproductive health.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

In Mexico, our intervention model is unique, we are the only association that provides education in constructiontions, facilitating access to education and training spaces at no cost to them. Our mobile classrooms are open to the entire community in easily accessible public spaces. All the educational services we offer have official validity (INEA). Another feature is that in addition to providing formal education we offer job training, courses and workshops on human development with topics such as sexual health, violence prevention, financial health and gender equity. We also promote health care with prevention and visual health campaigns.

(Instructions for questions 5 and 6, no answer required) Please only answer the question (5 - “employability” or 6 - “financial capability”) that applies to your organization’s topic of work (see below for definitions)


5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

Expand or develop specific knowledge and techniques in construction workers to diversify their job opportunities, or improve o the trade they perform, for example: The course of uses of technology gives them the possibility to know the great tool that is the computer, the use of internet and basic programs such as Word or Excel, which will improve their chances of getting a better paid job. When implementing trades courses (Electricity, Plumbing and Masonry) for construction workers, in particular, the plumbing and electricity course is very attractive, since it provides them with security and tools to improve their work. This training opens the door to entrepreneurship among the construction workers sector with the medium-term possibility of improving their economic income.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

We promote self-knowledge, motivation, initiative and autonomy, digital skills, psychosocial skills, time management, social skills, openness for new learning and we encourage teamwork. Measurement: Diagnostic, final evaluation and practical evaluation (material is provided to the student to put into practice what he saw in the course) Indicators:Proportion of people who acquired or reinforced knowledge about the craft. Proportion of people who declare that the contents are useful and have applied them.

6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health

We innovate by taking talks directly to their work centers (classrooms in construction) where we seek to modify behaviors or attitudes that harm or harm the economic integrity of people, this issue is addressed through Personal Finance talks, this is provided thanks to alliances With organizations specialized in the subject, they have a duration of 1 or 2 hours according to programming and classroom needs. Financial health: avoiding the cost of traveling to another classroom to receive educational advice.

6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.

The Skills oriented to the financial capacity in which we focus are: promotion of savings, management of its economy, decision making and basic handle it of ATMs. Progress is measured through: Measurement: Proportion of people who declare that the contents are useful and have applied them. Proportion of people reached (coverage)

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Unlike the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA), which guarantees the right to education, we facilitate access directly to constructions. In addition we complement it with free training, courses and workshops. Through knowledge mediation, each beneficiary is monitored and supported, the way of learning depends on how their knowledge is facilitated, since each individual has a unique way of receiving it. The use of technologies is the complementary necessary and improve job where are they worksite .

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We promote access to education, training for employment and human development, since 2006 we have benefited 24790 people directly and indirectly 99,160 families, providing 33,773 services in 133 classrooms, in 16 states, with 7,763 success stories. Some success stories are: Mr. Claudio, satisfactorily concluded the levels of primary, secondary and high school, the latter being a great challenge for the difficulties of time, dedication and sacrifice that entails unlike whit thw basic level and not only for him but for the vast majority of workers Nabor, he finished his primary and secondary school, is a great success story because despite being an elderly person and his mother tongue is not Spanish. In addition to being a promoter of the cause, since he convinced his wife to enter the classroom, improving not only his life but also that of his family.

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

To start in the short term we have a solid network of alliances. Specifically, with Government Institutions, Civil Society Organizations and Companies interested in continuing to finance our social project. In the medium term we will work with an annual development plan that will allow us to project the obtaining of sufficient resources. In order to give continuity to our educational programs. In conclusion by having a 5-year Strategic Objective Plan that would benefit us in the long term, which includes an educational and financing model. We can conclude that we are financially sustainable.

10. Team

We have a board of trustees, general management, a committees made up of the management and the aforementioned. Ten volunteers are working partially, there are no paid employees. We plan to evolve by making new strategic alliances to continue strengthening, updating and generating new programs. How to continue hiring new trainers for the 25 new classrooms, which are planned to open in our 2020 strategic plan.

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Tipos de aulas.pdf

These are some examples of classrooms that benefit our construction workers.


This is our 2019 results report, where you can see all the work done in the year that ended.


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