HBI a One-Stop Resource for Work Force Needs
No longer just an organization leading the way in craft training for residential construction, The Home Builders Institute (HBI), the work force development arm of NAHB, is becoming a one-stop resource for the growing work force development needs of the housing industry, says Thomas E. Mullen, chairman of the HBI Board of Trustees and president of Thomas E. Mullen & Associates in Indianapolis.
Branching out from its traditional role of providing the NAHB membership with qualified entry-level workers through training programs in Job Corps and its Craft Skills division, Mullen said that HBI has several initiatives underway to help meet the labor needs of the industry:
Working with NAHB members and educational publisher Thomson/Delmar Learning, the Residential Construction Academy has developed training standards that provide the basis for textbooks and multimedia instructional materials in carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC. The academy’s credentialing program links high schools and post-secondary institutions with HBAs and a national registry.