HBI Receives $50 Million Grant to Train 20,000 Skilled Workers

The Home Depot Foundation announced yesterday a $50 million commitment to partner with HBI to train 20,000 new skilled workers over the next 10 years.

HBI, the industry’s education arm, trains separating military members, high school students and at-risk youth for careers in the skilled trades. The grant will significantly increase the number of workers trained through HBI curriculum and help address the industry’s labor shortage.

“We want to bring shop class back, from coast-to-coast,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re thrilled to train 20,000 next-generation plumbers, electricians, carpenters and beyond.”

HBI joined forces with The Home Depot Foundation last year to launch a pilot trades training program for military members at Fort Stewart, Georgia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The first set of students will graduate this month.

“Our program prepares men and women for high-growth careers in the industry after leaving military service,” said HBI CEO John Courson. “With 200,000 service members separating from the military every year, our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation enables us to serve more veterans across the country.”

The 12-week pre-apprenticeship certification program, which is provided at no cost to students, uses industry-based curriculum recognized by the Department of Labor that integrates work-based learning with technical and academic skills. The program, which has a job placement rate of more than 90%, will now roll out on additional bases across the United States.

Learn more about HBI’s training programs at hbi.org.


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  1. Joel Flint says:

    I am curious if the training is at your own “sites” or is it done online, or are existing building trades teachers given the curriculum/training materials and do the training themselves?

    • NAHB Now says:

      HBI training uses a hands-on approach that combines technical and employability skills with core academics. Students’ trade skills are put into practice with contractors on community service projects. Building trades teachers are given HBI’s curriculum and industry-recognized credential, PACT, which also includes training and certification for instructors.

  2. Sandy Courter says:

    What an awesome commitment! Kuddos to The Home Depot Foundation!

  3. Rich franklin says:

    This is the best news! Can it possibly include spray foam applicators.

    • NAHB Now says:

      HBI has areas in our PACT Carpentry/BCT and Weatherization Units that focus on installing various types of insulation, however we don’t specify materials used at this time. If you would like more information or have further questions, please reach out to Tracy at tmacmaster@hbi.org.

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