Veterans Successfully Climb Construction Career Ladder

Filed in Construction Industry, Labor, Safety and Health by on November 11, 2019 1 Comment
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Today on Veterans Day we honor military members and their families for the sacrifices they have made to serve our country. The home building industry is stepping up to help veterans create a viable private-sector career path forward as they transition to civilian life.

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) Military and Veterans program is designed to help transitioning military and veterans at every stage of the employment continuum. Participants are assessed, trained, certified and placed in a quality construction job. The support for veterans doesn’t end after job placement. HBI charts participant progress for at least a year.

A Ft. Bragg Graduate Success Story

HBI students at White House

Patrick Pinnone, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde and Cullen Klebe at the White House.

Patrick Pinnone was the first Marine student to enroll in the HBI training program at U.S. Army Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Throughout the program, Pinnone was always the first to arrive to class and the last one to leave. He developed positive relationships with his instructors, classmates and HBI staff. Pinnone secured a job in the residential construction industry after graduating from the program and is working toward a degree in accounting.

Earlier this year, Pinnone joined NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde at a White House event commemorating the first anniversary of President Trump’s executive order establishing the National Council for the American Worker. Pinnone hopes to own his own business one day.

U.S. Army Veteran Sets a Momentous Standard

A willingness to take initiative on the job site and quality construction training set retired U.S. Army Sergeant Trevor Warner on a path to success. Warner graduated early from the HBI Carpentry Program at Fort Carson (Colorado) this summer.

Warner was placed in a carpentry job at Denver International Airport (DIA) after completing the HBI training program and has already received significant praise for his skills. The airport foreman asked a crowd of several carpenters to frame a roof shelter. Warner alone stepped forward to complete the task. The shelter was successfully completed in a day.

Not only did Warner attract attention from his employer for being proactive, he demonstrated high quality construction skills. The foreman told him that most of the workers he supervised receiving comparable pay didn’t know nearly as much as Warner, including layout, estimating or even how to read plans. He was immediately awarded a nearly 17 percent compensation increase and an upgraded job title. Now DIA eagerly awaits for similarly trained soldiers to fill positions.

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

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  1. Frank Wiesner says:

    HBI is the unquestioned leader in residential construction skills training. The story about Sgt. Warner shares that the training HBI provides crossover into other industry fields as well. HBI not only changes lives and builds careers but it is also having a huge impact on the industry as a whole from the inside out.

    Keep up the great work Ed Brady and the HBI team!

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