November 13, 2014

Step 3. Identify available resources

Put together a list of what your organization can contribute to a partnership. Funding is always important, but things like facilities and equipment, man-hours and skill sets are also valuable resources. Include in this list any resource that can potentially aid in the development of your partnership and its initiatives. Identify individuals within your organization that can be the champions to ensure the project continues moving forward.

Examples from Best Practice Profiles:

Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (Industry Association to Education):

For MCEF, all secondary programs are funded by an annual $600,000 grant from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. MCEF has also received several Department of Labor training grants for training youth, underemployed and unemployed. Many of these participants entered the MCEF apprentice program to further their training and begin careers in construction.

Construction Education Foundation of North Texas (Education to Industry):

Industry permits access to its well-equipped training facilities to technical colleges in the North Texas area with a corresponding need. At first, educators viewed industry as an asset to help with their day-to-day physical needs, but over time these repeated connections showed educators that industry wants their support and can provide viable career paths.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Who can coordinate and lead the program(s) needed?
  2. What facilities and equipment can you provide?
  3. Do you have any earmarked funding or grants to contribute?
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