The Home Builders Institute’s mission (HBI) is: to advance and provide education, career development, training and placement of men and women serving the building industry. HBI is celebrating 50 years as a national leader for career training in the building industry. HBI is committed to building careers and changing lives of the diverse populations it serves, including at-risk youth, veterans, transitioning military members, justice-involved youth and adults, and displaced workers.
The HBI Veterans Program, which started in 2012, empowers our nation’s veterans with the skills and experience they need to secure meaningful careers in the construction industry. In 2015, the program expanded to include soon-to-separate military personnel. HBI launched the program at Fort Stewart Army Base in Georgia with partners, the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Soldier for Life. Students are active duty service members within six months of separation.
When HBI began training at Fort Stewart, the expectation was to serve approximately 50-60 separating soldiers in the first year. That target was met within the first year and a second instructor was hired to accommodate a growing wait-list of student soldiers. HBI’s Military and Veterans Program is planning to expand to other military bases.
The program uniquely supports transitioning military and veterans at every stage of the employment continuum—successfully connecting, assessing, training, certifying, placing them in high-growth construction careers, and charting participant progress for a minimum of one year.
Contact is Jeremy Hurley, jhurley@HBI.org
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