Tony Cann with HB Next

Vice President of Safety and Training Tony Cann with HB Next joins the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to discuss the partnership between the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. Cann chats with host Carol Morgan about the importance of work force development and what the HBA is doing to help solve the problem.

A member of the HB Next team for the past decade, Cann is also a proud member of the HBA for eight years and counting. As a safety environmental compliance company, HB Next works with builders to enhance worker protection through citations, OSHA inspections and environmental compliance.

The GAHBA is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta to pilot a program for the National Association of Home Builders Workforce Development Initiative in conjunction with sponsors Ford Foundation and Ford Next Generation Learning. Atlanta is one of the 10 pilot cities nationwide with the mission to introduce the next generation to construction and skilled trades careers.

The pilot program hosts between 10 to 20 participants each day who can interact, learn and network with industry professionals and volunteers. With 10 meetings total, participants meet every other week in addition to other special activities.

Cann said, “It’s been amazing to see so much participation!”

The program meetings include presentations by skilled trade contractors, hands-on learning activities, blueprint readings and exciting demonstrations. Each visit focuses on a specific stage in the homebuilding process, from land acquisition to closing a home. The pilot program also provides field trips to live job sites to provide students with physical experiences that cannot be offered in a traditional classroom.

Cann said, “We are educating students about the entire homebuilding process, from start to finish.”

With students ranging from eighth grade to high school seniors, the program hosts a wide variety of young individuals interested in the homebuilding industry. The program’s goal is to educate and expose the next generation to construction and trade skills at a young age, with the hopes of encouraging them to seek a career in the field.

Cann said, “The earlier we can educate and expose the younger generation to the construction industry and everything it entails, the better off we will be.”

To get involved in the pilot program provided by the GAHBA and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, call 770-938-9900 or email info@

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