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Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) held ribbon cutting ceremony July 18 and introduced SkillBridge opportunities to transitioning service members.

Home Builder’s Institute provides SkillBridge approved training, certification, and placement in the construction industry. Currently piloting their first CNRMA SkillBridge cohort in Norfolk, this 12-week construction industry training offers certification and job placement to eligible transitioning service members up to 180 days prior to separation.

“The CNRMA HBI SkillBridge Program will have 8 cohorts per year with each cohort/training period 12 weeks in length,” stated Douglas Morfeld, CNRMA N91 representative. “A new cohort starts approximately every 6 weeks. All students receive HBI pre-apprenticeship certificates in carpentry as well as an OSHA 10 hour construction safety course.” Mr. Morfeld attended the ribbon cutting ceremony July 18.

Department of Defense (DoD) activated their newly revised SkillBridge Website (dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov) on June 14. This website features a complete listing of approved programs and locations, “How to Apply” instructions, and frequently asked questions. CNRMA N91 Regional Transition Assistance Program Coordinator, Amanda Slosson, is on the DoD SkillBridge working group serving as an "Operator" on the new web based platform responsible for providing NRMA response and/or referral (as appropriate) to Sailor inquiries routed through the "Contact Us" feature on the DoD website.

According to Mr. Morfeld, this program uniquely supports veterans at every stage of the training/employment continuum. Successfully connecting, assessing, certifying and placing veterans in high-growth construction careers and charting program participants progress for a minimum of one year.

About SkillBridge

The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.

For Service members SkillBridge provides an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas. For industry partners SkillBridge is an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience.

SkillBridge is an excellent benefit for installation and Unit Commanders who have members nearing military separation. SkillBridge can help Service members bridge the gap between the end of service and the beginning of their civilian careers. Commanders can greatly ease this transition to civilian life by supporting their reports’ interest in SkillBridge. When mission permits, Commanders who support SkillBridge participation are helping their personnel transition more seamlessly from service to a civilian career with a trusted employer.

Separating Service members can be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus solely on training full-time with approved industry partners after unit commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) provides written authorization and approval. These industry partners offer real-world training and work experience in in-demand fields of work while having the opportunity to evaluate the Service member’s suitability for the work.

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