The Home Depot is expanding its Path to Pro professional skills initiative.
The Home Depot Inc. is connecting skilled tradespeople to hiring trades professionals in the construction and home improvement industries.
The home improvement giant is now enabling skilled trades jobseekers to visit the PathtoPro.com job training and placement website to create a profile, upload their resume, and add photos of their work to connect with The Home Depot's Pro customers looking to hire in their local area.
To help jobseekers showcase their skills, the Path to Pro Network features skill badges that indicate if someone has accredited training, is a U.S. military veteran, or has graduated from The Home Depot's free trades training program.
The Path to Pro Network is part of The Home Depot's larger Path to Pro program the company offers in an attempt to help address the growing skilled labor shortage in the U.S. and build the next generation of trades professionals.
Announced at the end of 2020 and launched in 2021, the Path to Pro Skills Program offers a free training program for those interested in pursuing and growing a career in the skilled trades and prepares them for their first job.
Path to Pro aims to educate more people in the skilled trades, connect skilled tradespeople with jobs and careers, and generate interest in trade professions through educational campaigns. The Home Depot is investing in training from entry-level to advanced certifications, and sponsors weeklong boot camps to teach essential industry skills like job site safety, tool usage, material handling, and communication and professional skills.
Boot camp graduates earn a Home Depot certificate that recognizes construction skills and professional fundamentals. Training program graduates are eligible to showcase their work portfolio, experience and additional qualifications, and be contacted by Home Depot Pro customers in their area looking for skilled labor hires via the new Path to Pro website.
Additionally, the Path to Pro website features day-in-the-life videos and stories for each trade, with projected industry growth and salary information in industries like electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and HVAC.
"There is not a leading jobseeker platform for the skilled trades and The Home Depot is committed to connecting skilled tradespeople with our Pro customers for jobs," said Eric Schelling, VP of global talent acquisition at The Home Depot. "The Path to Pro Network was designed to provide jobseekers with new career networking opportunities in the trades. Building a profile in the Path to Pro Network is the best way to showcase to potential employers that you have what it takes to work in the skilled trades."
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer. At the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, the company operated a total of 2,316 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company employs approximately 500,000 associates.