Home Builder Institute and YouthBuild USA Partner On Youth Construction Education

The partnership will provide resources to YouthBuild USA programs across the country.

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The Home Builder Institute recently announced they are partnering with YouthBuild USA in an initiative that will provide nearly 200 grantee programs access to education resources and training for construction trade skills.

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The partnership will allow YouthBuild to provide young people with Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training curriculum and programs through which they can earn skilled trade certifications. HBI will also assist in conducting training for the YouthBuild educators and staff.

“Our longstanding partnership with HBI provides an incredible edge for YouthBuild participants as they prepare to enter the building trades workforce,” says John Valverde, president and CEO of YouthBuild USA. “We are so grateful for HBI’s collaboration, especially during this time of upheaval, as we equip even more young people with the training and certifications they need to skillfully begin their careers.”

This initiative is part of an ongoing partnership between YouthBuild and HBI that began in 2003 and has resulted in nearly 800 participants earning HBI training certificates. HBI works with YouthBuild students and instructors, ensuring the most current work methods, procedures and training techniques are employed in their educational programs.

DeMarcus Keene, construction manager of YouthBuild Louisville, credited the HBI training for giving him the confidence and knowledge to design a standardized instruction plan for his team. “This will work hand-in-hand with efforts to see our students certified with construction skills and hired within the building profession with the help of the employability skills and other resources we offer,” he says.

YouthBuild’s goal as a non-profit organization is to provide young people a path towards a productive livelihood in the construction trades by teaching them the skills they need for employment. There are currently 252 YouthBuild programs across 46 states in the U.S..

“HBI is proud to be able to work with YouthBuild and their participants, who will provide a workforce to a housing industry currently in need of more than 200,000 skilled trades workers,” says Ed Brady, HBI president and CEO.