Building Skills Partnership

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation.

"Having a vocational English class at my worksite helped me greatly. I learned how to better communicate with tenants and my supervisor. Thank you BSP"

Juan P., ABLE worker

"The scholarship I received from BSP helped pay my tuition costs. I'm now a step closer to getting my degree which will not only benefit me, but my family and my community as well."

Cynthia, BSP Scholarship Recipient

"Participating in BSP's Citizenship program gave me the confidence to submit my naturalization application. I passed my exam and achieved my dream of becoming a US citizen."

Isabel Q., ABM Worker

On November 13, 2012 -- More than 20 night workers at Santa Monica Business Park attend an English-as-a-Second Language course offered by BSP before beginning their shift Tuesday at 2850 Ocean Park Blvd., in Santa Monica, Calif. The class is taught by Barbara J. Gurr. 

Building Skills Partnership (BSP) represents a unique non-profit collaboration between the janitors’ union Service Employees International Union – United Service Workers West (SEIU- USWW), commercial building owners, janitorial employers, client companies and community leaders. SEIU-USWW represents over 40,000 low wage property service workers, most of which are immigrants working as janitors, maintenance workers and airport service workers. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement.

Aida Cardenas, the executive director of BSP, is a recipient of the 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.

ANNOUNCEMENT: This Men’s Health Month, Community Service Workers Receive Hepatitis C and HIV Awareness Training

          For Immediate Release June 6, 2018 Press Contact: Luis Sandoval (213) 284-3814 lsandoval@buildingskills.org   This Men’s Health Month, Community Service Workers Receive Hepatitis C and HIV Awareness Training Building Skills Partnership and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center Partner to Host Local Los Angeles Health Providers and Low-Income, Male Workers in Four Day Workshop   Los ...

‘Addressing the Economic Instability and Divide of Silicon Valley’s Invisible Workforce’ – Announcing Press Release

'Addressing the Economic Instability and Divide of Silicon Valley’s Invisible Workforce' - Announcing Press Release

Download the PDF version here.        For Immediate Release August 11, 2017 Press Contact: Luis Sandoval (213) 284-3814 luis@buildingskills.org   Addressing the Economic Instability and Divide of Silicon Valley’s Invisible Workforce Building Skills Partnership Receives $250,000 Grant from The Sobrato Family Foundation to Increase Financial Capability Programming to Immigrant Communities   Santa Clara, CA | August 11, 2017 - ...

Just Released! BSP Receives $40,000 Grant from OC Opportunity Initiative; Empowers Immigrants and Strengthens Economy

Just Released! BSP Receives $40,000 Grant from OC Opportunity Initiative; Empowers Immigrants and Strengthens Economy

        For Immediate Release August 7, 2017 Press Contact: Luis Sandoval (213) 284-3814 luis@buildingskills.org   Building Skills Partnership Receives $40,000 Grant from OC Opportunity Initiative; Empowers Immigrants and Strengthens Economy   Orange County, CA | August 7, 2017 - In response to a growing need within the immigrant community, the Orange County Opportunity Initiative awarded a $40,000 ...