Masonry apprenticeship at SofoNic

In an innovative apprenticeship program, SofoNic is educating young people in the arts of masonry. In the practical apprenticeship the students will be building houses four days of the week and will receive theoretical classes on the remaining day.


In order to grant an official diploma SofoNic has established relations with the Polytechnical Institute of Jinotepe (IPJ). The IPJ had offered a similar course in the past, but because of the lack of job attachment positions for the students the course had to be cancelled/put on hold. The institute is pleased about the new possibilities of job attachment and is re-initiating the course.

An agreement has been reached between the two institutions to ensure the formality of the program. Both parties agree to work together to make sure that the goals will be achieved as desired, as well as coordinate activities to implement additional training, advice and technical assistance.

The IPJ will educate the apprentices during a period of two years, with ten students beginning in 2003 and another ten beginning in 2004. They will legalize the course with the INATEC (National Institute of Technology) and grant a diploma at the end of the course. The IPJ will supervise the work of the apprentices in the field twice a month. The course contents are being elaborated by both parties, taking into consideration the needs of the project and the social reality of Nicaragua.

SofoNic will pay an established amount per apprentice for annual registration, monthly duty and certification at the end of the course. It will participate with an instructor in certain themes as required, in coordination with the person responsible at the IPJ. As well, it will provide transportation for the IPJ supervisor to visit the building site twice a month.

The first group of apprentices is currently busy with architect Marcos Macanche and the entire Architect of the Community team of SofoNic.

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Kurt RhynerKurt Rhyner
Architect, PhD. Professor
Spanish, English, German, French.
Project conception, analysis of technologies and materials appropriate to the specific situation, financial analysis, executive management, backstopping, evaluations


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