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In partnership with the North State Building Industry Foundation (NSBIF), the Home Builders Institute (HBI) has opened a new training facility in the Sacramento, California, region to help address the residential construction labor shortage.

According to the HBI, hundreds of home building-related jobs in the Sacramento area are going unfilled as workers retire.

“Our goal is to empower individuals from diverse backgrounds with transformative opportunities in the home building space, and our partnership with the HBI allows us to continue to expand our training programs, adding more people to the workforce,” says Jennifer Poff, executive director of the NSBIF.

At the facility in Sacramento, participants can learn the skills needed for entry-level roles in the industry in 12 weeks at no cost. Each student completes the program with an OSHA-10 safety certification and is ready to be placed into a job upon graduation, according to the HBI. The program is structured in two parts with HBI’s pre-apprenticeship PACCT curriculum as the intro and the core element of the training. The second element of the program is hands-on work experience.

“We are in a crisis which not only impacts home builders, but it also affects consumers and communities everywhere,” says HBI CEO Ed Brady. “HBI is training the next generation of skilled workers and ensuring the supply of construction labor for several generations.”

Since the beginning of 2022, the HBI has opened similar BuildStrong Academy locations in Phoenix and Houston. The organization has additional BuildStrong locations in New Orleans; Denver; and Orlando, Florida.

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