HB NEXT is proud to offer workforce development training. Over the years, HB NEXT has been very instrumental in helping to create skilled workers in communities. In 2015, the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) awarded CEFGA / HB NEXT a Workforce Development Award for their Construction Ready Training Program at Westside Works.

The CEFGA / HB NEXT Construction Ready Program was created through a partnership of stakeholders, including government agencies, philanthropy advocates and a large consortium of construction companies. This partnership created a training centers in Metropolitan Atlanta in the summer of 2014. The training partners, CEFGA and HB NEXT, offer a boot camp style, fast-paced, construction training program, based on the NCCER’s 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 and then placed in a full-time job with a local construction company. They are tracked for 365 days to determine retention, advancement and successful fit for both the graduate and the employer. As of March 2017, 462 residents have been trained and credentialed through the Construction Ready Program and we’ve placed 430 into full-time, entry level jobs, for a placement rate of 93%. The retention rate after one year is about 70% as well.