This question – can we innovate workforce development in high school has been on my mind for quite some time.
The better question is, why aren’t we doing a better job at it?
Everyone in business and education wants to find that silver bullet that innovates workforce development where it makes job preparation better, more aligned, and productive for current and future employees.
Equally important is how we can embed it in our schools, so graduates are more prepared rather than overwhelmed going into a new position.
If you or I knew, we’d be learning a Noble Peace Prize and collecting a cool quarter of a million dollars by now.
Many people in our society forget to realize that it affects our wallets. At the same time, it substantially influences the tax base, economy, and infrastructure of the region.
You’d think that with the Billions of dollars invested in workforce development, the answer would appear right before our eyes.
Many communities and companies continue to observe the same flatline results even though much time and effort has been put into the goal.
In fact, when was the last time decision-makers looked for the answer from a different lens?Tweet
What if leaders viewed this enigma from a whole different perspective?
What if I told you there’s a newer, more advanced way to address the workforce development dilemma, would you believe me?
Just indulge me for a few moments if you wouldn’t mind.
The first thing one must do is to compile the best practices in workforce development.
With great thought and investment placed on workforce development training and implementation, one would think that finding and retaining highly qualified employees would show a reduction in critical areas.
Studies and grants written for individual projects to develop workplace readiness have made the first steps towards the solution successful, and critical pieces of information were found to succeed.
These identified areas where proven workforce strategies are shared amongst the industry are called best practices.
Reports from the Camoin Associates and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council have methodically shared some brilliant insight. These best practices reveal concepts such as creating a common baseline, vision alignment, transparency, and coordinating with workforce development / economic development and schools.
Even with these practices utilized, more needs to be done at a level that raises the bar to a new and higher efficiency level.
But it barely scrapes the surface of integrating these practices into STEM and Career Technical Education courses.
HUGE – HUGE MISTAKE!
Gary Hamel’s Future of Management book explains four types of Innovation: Operational Innovation, Product / Service Innovation, Strategic Innovation, and Management Innovation.
Management Innovation hinges on mobilizing talent and resources while building strategies into something new, exceptional, and revolutionary for the marketplace.
Observing these together has several benefits, as one would imagine. But consider fusing Innovation and Best Practices into a more robust, advanced Workforce Development program.
The results would be astounding.
Communities would have a unique model specific to their locality, resources, and talent that carries a high impact and more substantial Return On Investment (ROI).
This new Workforce Development Program would entail three structures and provide the blueprints to sustain a robust workforce.
Branch out into the new era by taking a bold new approach to end the cycle of poverty and change diplomas to dollars.
The time is here.
The time is now.
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