HBI, the workforce development arm of NAHB, just got an important assist as it gears up to help prepare the local workforce for reconstruction in Texas and Florida hard-hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Norbord Inc.’s recent donation of $1 million to HBI will help train individuals in the building industry to rebuild.
“HBI appreciates Norbord’s generous financial support and commitment to the industry, which helps to restore normalcy to millions of lives while preparing workers for long-term careers,” said HBI president and CEO John Courson.
HBI’s industry-recognized training program is an “open-entry, skilled-exit” model and is one of only three curricula recognized by the Department of Labor. The program is designed to train, certify and place individuals in construction trades skills, including carpentry and framing houses, over 12- to 14-week periods.
“HBI is planning training programs that will expand current HBI programs and set up new ones in Texas and Florida over the next two years. FEMA estimates billions of dollars of damage in the devastated areas. With the current labor shortage in the building industry, we know we need even more skilled workers to take on this challenge. HBI’s 50 years of career technical training and our Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training position us well,” Courson saidd.
Norbord’s Thank-A-Framer campaign, which kicked off Sept. 1, provides an opportunity to learn more, donate to HBI, and spread the word on social media using the hashtag #ThankAFramer.
HBI expects to be on the ground and running training programs in the coming months.