The Home Depot is expanding on a $50 million trades training commitment announced in 2018 with a new education and job placement program called Path to Pro.
The Home Depot Foundation aims to address the skilled labor gap through education, and connecting trained tradespeople with jobs and careers, as well as generating interest in trade professions.
The Home Depot is investing in training from entry-level to advanced certifications. The company recently sponsored its first weeklong boot camp to teach essential industry skills such as job site safety, tool usage and material handling as well as communication and professional skills. The boot camp is piloting in the Atlanta area, and plans call for it to expand into additional markets next year. Graduates earn a Home Depot certificate that recognizes education in construction skills and professional fundamentals.
Home Depot intends to debut a first-of-its-kind website early next year, which will allow people to search local training programs, licensing requirements and open jobs in the trades from a centralized resource. The site features reliable day-in-the-life videos and stories for each trade, projected industry growth and salary information in industries like electrical, carpentry, plumbing and HVAC.
In addition, Home Depot will introduce a new, proprietary online platform that will facilitate access to networking among skilled tradespeople and the company’s Pro customers. Training program graduates can showcase their work portfolio, experience and additional qualifications, and Pros in their area looking for skilled labor hires can contact them.