The Home Depot Foundation, Home Builders Institute Partner to Expand Trades Programming

Window + Door
September 26, 2019

The Home Depot Foundation and the Home Builders Institute partnered to launch a youth trades training program in an effort to fill the skilled labor gap in the U.S.

"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," says 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."

"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.," says 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 certificationendorsed by the National Association of Home Builders and recognized by the U.S. Department of Laborprovided at no additional cost to students and their families. The program will expand to more high schools in 2020.