November 13, 2014

Step 7. Collaborate with partners to develop a plan

Until this point, all the planning you have conducted has been done internally. You have established what you hope to achieve in your partnership, so identify what your partner(s) hopes to achieve. Work together to develop clear goals and SMART objectives (see step five for more information on SMART objectives) for the collaboration.

Examples from Best Practice Profiles:

Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (Industry Association to Education):

MCEF’s board recommended NCCER craft training for secondary and postsecondary craft training across the entire state, and together, they set a goal of building and ensuring a quality workforce in Mississippi.

Louisiana (State Perspective):

The Craft Task Force decided that CTE needed to be based on standardized curricula. Industry then determined that NCCER credentials were ideal, so the technical colleges agreed to focus on short-term, compressed NCCER training for students, particularly Levels 1 and 2 in the highest-demand skilled crafts occupations such as electrician, carpentry, millwright and pipefitter.

Robins & Morton (Industry to Education):

To organize the site staff, a community outreach committee was formed with 20-30 employees who rotated in and out. This committee helped plan events, distribute information and encouraged their co-workers to get involved. They also took the lead volunteer positions for each event. Outreach volunteers from the job site were able to volunteer their company time and were paid for their service hours. This strategy removed any excuses and proved to be a successful incentive.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What are the desired results of the program and the metrics that will be used to measure success?
  2. Will you hold routine meetings with education representatives?
  3. Will your partnership form an advisory council?
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