Recently, I was in Kansas doing State and Local Strategic Board training with my colleague, Terri Lonowski. During the training session, we watched a senior manager overseeing global executive development and diversity for a major firm have an epiphany about how his company needed to embrace talent acquisition and development within a supply chain management relationship framework. His “AHA” moment transformed the dynamics in the room and the very nature of the conversation moving forward. This business representative then wanted to apply the sound practices associated with supply chain management to the workforce development system. He is certainly not the first business person to make that connection, as evidenced by the US Chamber Foundation’s recent work in this area in collaboration with state and local workforce development systems.
The challenge before us is whether the economic development, workforce development and education partners, along with community leaders are committed to this type of collaborative approach. Are we ready, willing, and able to allow business-led industry sector partnerships to be the organizing hub to determine strategy, structure and metrics for talent development and acquisition? Do we have the will to build or realign career-pathways based on business’ planning and forecasting needs? Is there the willingness to synchronize supply and demand among all the education and training partners in the region, based on the partnership’s needs? Do the partners desire to make the process improvements in education and training needed to equip our individual customers with the right skill set? Finally, are we ready to listen and respond in a timely fashion to our business and individual customer experiences?
Our friends at the state and local board level in Kansas have embraced this approach to talent development and acquisition. If your answer is yes and you do not know how to get started, Maher can help. If you started and stalled, we can help you get unstuck. If you think working regionally is just too overwhelming, we can help. If you have the desire and your partners do not, we can even help in that situation. The Maher State and Regional Practice Team can meet you right where you are, and partner with you to develop a customized strategy to get the ball rolling. We can do this because we have the policy to practice experience at every level of the workforce system and can help you get results now. I invite you to check out our website for some of the types of projects we have worked on at: http://www.mahernet.com/workforce-talent-development.
Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is U.S. Department of Labor’s national technical assistance provider supporting the Employment and Training Administration’s implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a number of other priority initiatives of the administration that advance and promote the public workforce system. Maher is also currently involved in a number of sector strategy, regional planning, organizational strategic planning and training initiatives in multiple state and regional areas. For more information about our services, visit our website or call us at 1-888-90-Maher.
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