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Home Builders Institute opens new training center in Orlando for business students

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The Home Builders Institute (HBI) has announced the opening of its new Orlando, Florida-based facility to train those interested in the construction trades. Named BuildStrong Academy of Orlando, the center aims to train and place area students who want to pursue a career in the construction industry.

Funded by The Home Depot Foundation, along with other partners from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, the program will be free to interns and will guide participants through a step-by-step process designed to take them from beginners, with little or no trade skills, to tradespeople sought by employers. Instructors will use HBI’s industry-recognized curriculum, which is one of only three pre-apprenticeship programs recognized by the US Department of Labor.

“As construction job openings increase and people rethink their careers, the times demand that we take an inventive approach to creating the skilled workers the construction industry so desperately needs,” said Ed Brady. , President and CEO of HBI, at the grand opening. ceremony on September 23. “Students at BuildStrong Academy in Orlando will be exposed to the full range of their opportunities in the construction trades.”

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Ahead of the opening, the center trained its first class of students who graduated earlier this month. In June, they began a two-week orientation session called the “Residential Intro Series.” Upon completion, they were able to progress to four weeks of vocational training which culminated in an industry-recognized certification as a pre-apprentice. Students could then take a six-week program to be trained in carpentry skills, if they so choose.

“We are thrilled to launch this academy program in Orlando and provide career opportunities in the region, in partnership with HBI,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “This program helps further our goal of supporting the next generation of tradespeople while diversifying the industry.

NAHB President Chuck Fowke also attended and spoke at the event, adding, “Orlando’s new BuildStrong Academy opens up the world of great construction jobs and careers to anyone who wants to work hard. and be part of an amazing industry.”

In addition to The Home Depot Foundation, the BuildStrong Academy in Orlando is funded by the Charles Koch Institute; West Fraser, a diversified wood products company based in Vancouver, Canada, and; CareerSource Central Florida, the state of Florida’s workforce development agency.

“Central Florida is experiencing an economic boom in development projects and with that comes new jobs and the need for skilled talent,” said Pam Nabors, CEO and President of CareerSource Central Florida. “The academy will be a springboard for eventually thousands of young people who will be trained and placed in good jobs.”

Officials expect the training center to welcome around 500 new trainees by the end of 2022.