On Wednesday, November 16th, more than 40 workforce partners gathered at The Home Depot for MAX Talks, our first such session held at an employer site. Special thanks to The Home Depot for hosting us at the Store Support Center!
The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, with 2,300 stores across North America, continues to revolutionize how we approach home improvement and the retail industry as a whole. In recent years, The Home Depot expanded its metro Atlanta footprint with three new distribution centers – East Point, Locust Grove, and Stonecrest – to support the growing demand for flexible delivery and pick-up options for Pro and DIY customers alike. In 2022, Fortune reported that despite dealing with supply chain problems and shortages, The Home Depot still managed to bring in over $150 billion in sales in the 2021 fiscal year.
During this MAX Talks, Jenna Arca and Mara Frederick with The Home Depot’s Workforce Development team reviewed their initiative to create Path to Pro, a one-stop resource hub for the skilled trades. In addition to serving as a portal for skilled trades professionals to connect with employers, Path to Pro provides free training for the future skilled trades generation. Arca and Frederick led a great discussion on how workforce partners can utilize Path to Pro to help the participants they serve. Click here for a flyer on the Path to Pro resource hub.
Workforce partners also heard from Ellen Harvey and Katherine Winton with The Home Depot’s Internal Talent Acquisition team as they reviewed career opportunities available at the Store Support Center and elsewhere. The Home Depot has more than 1,200 job openings in the Atlanta area alone. Visit careers.homedepot.com to learn more.
Following the lunch-n-learn, MAX Talks participants were treated to a tour of the Store Support Center. In addition to housing corporate and logistical support functions for The Home Depot, the Store Support Center includes a museum and onsite restaurants as well as as a childcare center, dry cleaner, and other supportive services for employees.
ABOUT MAX TALKS
Launched in 2014, the mission of MAX is to advance economic competitiveness in the Atlanta region by strengthening connections, collaborations, and practices among workforce developers and organizations engaged in workforce development.
Through MAX Talks, MAX seeks to provide opportunities for workforce developers to hear directly from employers about their current and emerging workforce needs.