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Home Depot Foundation Pledges $50M to Training

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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The Home Depot Foundation, based in Atlanta, recently announced a $50 million commitment to skilled trades training over the next 10 years in an effort to help fill the skilled labor gap.

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The Home Depot Foundation, based in Atlanta, recently announced a $50 million commitment to skilled trades training over the next 10 years in an effort to help fill the skilled labor gap.

With a commitment to train 20,000 people, the foundation says it hopes to make a dent in the 158,000 unfilled construction sector jobs in the United States.

“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.”

Last year, the foundation launched a pilot trades training program for separating military members in two locations in partnership with the Home Builders Institute nonprofit. That free 12-week pre-apprenticeship certification program uses an 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 percent, will now roll out on additional bases across the United States. The first set of students is slated to graduate this month.

“HBI has a 50-year history of training individuals with the skills they need to succeed in the building industry,” said HBI CEO John Courson. “Our program prepares men and women for high-growth careers in the industry after leaving military service. 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.”

In addition to those military members, the foundation is establishing an advanced-level trades training program in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia.


Tagged categories: Education; Home Depot; Jobs; Worker training

Comment from Gerald Curtis, (3/15/2018, 10:39 AM)

As the premier DIY entity, HDI presents a fine opportuniity to assist building a skilled construction workforce that is sorely needed. Functioning as an RCI Registered Roof Observer, I see workers on construction sites that although willing, often lack the skills to produce results that are not flawed, usually resulting from poor experience and lack of basic training.

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