The Home Depot Will Put $50 Million Towards Skilled Trades Training
The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with retail stores all across North America. The Home Depot sells building materials and home improvement products, as well as lawn and garden supplies, and provides installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs.
The Home Depot Foundation has committed $50 million to the training of 20,000 tradespeople over the course of the next 10 years. This commitment will help to fill the growing skilled labor gap.
Last year, The Home Depot Foundation partnered with Home Builders Institute, a nonprofit, to start a pilot trades training program for separating military members at Fr. Stewart and Ft. Bragg. The first class from the 12-week pre-apprenticeship certification program is set to graduate this month. The program is provided to its students at no cost and will roll out on additional United States bases.
“We want to bring shop class back, from coast-to-coast. We’re thrilled to train 20,000 next-generation plumbers, electricians, carpenters and beyond. It’s a true honor to welcome our first classes of separating soldiers as they transition to civilian life and into successful careers in the trades.” -Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation
The company’s foundation is also working with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia to establish an advanced level trades training program for the residents of Atlanta’s Westside community, and eventually into under-served high schools across the US.