2019

HB NEXT Founder Mark Hornbuckle Featured in Georgia Contractor Magazine

The Georgia Contractor’s October 2019 issue was dedicated to exceptional instructors in the construction industry. Mark Hornbuckle was recognized as one of these extraordinary leaders and landed on the cover of the issue. Mark’s involvement in workforce development, guiding individuals to reach their goals, creative instruction, and entrepreneurship all make him one of the best in the industry. You can read all about Mark and his “uniquely different” way of doing things in the online issue of Georgia Contractor.

2015

HB NEXT selected as Winner for Workforce Development Award

The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) has announced the 2015 Workforce Development Award Winners, calling upon the industry to continue its progress in promoting construction workforce training and recruitment across the United States and Canada. CURT is committed to giving significant national and international recognition to companies and organizations that implement effective recruitment and training programs that develop first-class craftsmen and managers.

The CEFGA / HB NEXT Construction Ready Program was created through a partnership of stakeholders including government agencies, philanthropy advocates, and construction companies. This partnership developed a training center in Metropolitan Atlanta in the summer of 2014. The training offers a boot camp style, fast-paced, construction program, based on the NCCER Core Curriculum and other key industry credentials. Local residents are assessed to determine fitness for the program (literacy level, career aptitude, drug screen, background check, motivation/attitude), and are trained and credentialed over the course of 20 days, finally getting placed in a full-time job with a local construction company. They are then tracked for 365 days to determine retention, advancement and successful fit for both the graduate and the employer.

As of August 2020, 1102 people have been trained and credentialed through the Construction Ready Program during 76 boot camps. A total of 1064 graduates have been placed in full-time, entry-level jobs –  a placement rate of 97%. The retention rate after one year is 75%. Take a look at the other great things this Workforce Development Program is doing. HB NEXT is committed to making a positive impact on communities by sharing construction training knowledge.