What We Do

Why We Do It


We empower individuals by providing free in-demand skilled trades training and education


We produce talented graduates who are ready to make an impact in the building industry


We solve national industry challenges while addressing economic inequality at the local level


We advocate for workforce development solutions to address the construction labor market shortage, which is at a crisis level

We tackle important social issues.

  • Financial stability and career opportunities for American workers


  • Housing accessibility and affordability for all


  • Industry productivity jeopardized by the need for 2.2 million skilled workers over the next 3 years 


  • Diversification within trades training to create a more inclusive and equitable industry

Where We Do It

We provide free pre-apprenticeship trades training in over 220 locations across the United States.

Our Impact

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Our Mission

We change lives by educating, inspiring and preparing individuals for careers in the building industry.

Our Vision

We are the leading educational resource for career technical education in the building industry.



We are devoted to continuous improvement, professionalism, and innovation


We are committed to maintaining an environment of trust, built upon honesty, ethical behavior accountability and respect


We promote a safe and healthy work environment for our employees and students through proactive training, focus, recognition and performance monitoring to prevent accidents


We ensure future leaders in the building industry have the tools they need to advance and thrive

Our History

For more than 50 years, HBI has been training and educating America’s home construction workforce. HBI was founded by the National Association of Home Builders and funded by the Department of Labor to create free pre-apprenticeship training programs for different communities to learn homebuilding skills and end the labor shortage. Over the years we have continued to build out our programs offering and expanding our footprint in the construction industry. From innovative initiatives to strategic partnerships, we remain committed to building careers and changing lives.