HBI, Home Depot Expand Partnership to Train High School Students

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The Home Depot Foundation and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) this week expanded their partnership to address the skilled labor shortage by launching a youth trades training program. "Our goal is to offer the best possible training program for people interested in exploring a career in construction, which is why we're proud to partner with The Home Depot Foundation in our high school initiative," said Ed Brady, president and CEO of HBI. "In order to provide the highest quality training, each program will be supported with a two-year PACT curriculum, classroom enhancement and updated tools and equipment for a hands-on training environment." In 2018, The Home Depot Foundation officially launched its joint trades training program for separating military members in partnership with HBI. The program currently serves men and women on eight bases across the United States. "After a successful year of rolling out our military trades training program with HBI, we're excited to announce the expansion of our joint program into high schools across the U.S.," said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. "With the open job rate increasing every month, this work is important in the short and long term, and we're proud to provide an on-ramp for these students into a career in the trades." Initially, the program and its industry-recognized curriculum will be available to 11th and 12th grade students in approximately 25 high schools with a focus on underserved communities across Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Alaska, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Upon completion, participants will earn a pre-apprenticeship certification — endorsed by NAHB and recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor — provided at no additional cost to students and their families. The program will expand to more high schools in 2020. "The curriculum is very hands-on and offers industry certifications that are really going to guide these students from high school into valuable, post-secondary opportunities in the trades," said James Payne, the curriculum supervisor for career technical education (CTE) for Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-largest school system nationwide. "We truly appreciate the leadership and partnership of The Home Depot Foundation and Home Builders Institute."  

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