Trades Training

The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation are committed to educating more people in the skilled trades and helping them find careers in the home improvement industry. With hundreds of thousands of open roles in the trades nationally, we can’t tackle this work alone. Industry leaders like Home Builders Institute (HBI), Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Atlanta Technical College (ATC) are helping us prepare skilled people for these opportunities. Learn more on how we’re fulfilling our $50 million commitment to train 20,000 people by 2028 below.

 

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OUR PROGRAMS

HOME BUILDERS INSTITUTE (HBI) MILITARY

In 2018, The Home Depot Foundation and HBI launched its joint, trades training program for separating military members.

  • 12-week program provided at no cost to participants
  • Graduates gain industry-recognized, pre-apprenticeship certification training (PACT) and OSHA 10
  • Programs are on or adjacent to 10 U.S. military bases


 

HOME BUILDERS INSTITUTE (HBI) YOUTH

In 2019, The Home Depot Foundation and HBI expanded its trades training program into high schools across the nation.

  • 2-year program provided at no cost to students
  • This pre-apprenticeship certification training (PACT) curriculum is offered to 11th and 12th grade students
  • Programs in 30 schools across 9 states


 

CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF GEORGIA (CEFGA)

In 2018, The Home Depot Foundation and CEFGA partnered to introduce Construction Ready Plus—an advanced level trades training program.

In 2020, the two organizations partnered with The Marcus Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to begin a K12 trades training program for youth in Georgia.

  • Construction Ready Plus: 16-week curriculum, taught on Saturdays, giving students the opportunity to earn six credentials.
  • K12 Pipeline: Currently in 160 Georgia schools, this program begins at the elementary school level and continues through high school with industry-recognized certifications.

ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (ATC)

In 2019, The Home Depot and other Atlanta-based corporations collaborated with Atlanta Technical College (ATC) to introduce the Center for Workforce Innovation.

  • The program offers high-quality instructors, professional skills classes, on-campus career development coaching, wrap-around services, and work-based apprenticeships and internships.
  • The Skilled Trades Program provides training across carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and welding

 

 

Program Locations
Youth (States) Military (Bases)
Alabama Camp Pendleton (Q1 ’20)
Alaska Ft. Bliss (Q1 ’19)
Colorado Ft. Bragg (Q1 ’18)
Florida Ft. Campbell (Q3 ’19)
Georgia Ft. Carson (Q1 ’19)
Massachusetts Ft. Hood (Q1 ’19)
New Jersey Ft. Riley (Q1 ’20)
Tennessee Ft. Stewart (Q1 ’18)
Texas Jacksonville Naval (Q3 ’18)
Virginia Norfolk Naval (Q2 ’19)