Choose a Parnter
Partnering with an education provider is key to developing a successful school-to-work pathway, however big or small. It’s critical that you work with your partner organization to clearly define your roles and responsibilities—and outline your communication protocol to ensure consistency and frequent contact.
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Begin by researching and connecting with local high schools and regional community colleges to find the right fit for your company. Provide education partners with a clear understanding of your environment, culture and characteristics. Education partners should have a firm grasp of what employers need from their new hires, the technical skills involved in entry-level positions and what it takes to be successful within the organization. Consistent, open communication before taking action is key.
Develop training content and validation of acquired skills (e.g., tests, industry certifications). Your education partner will be a significant source of support in this area. Work together to establish required learning outcomes and desired competencies. Consider what courses are currently available that could be leverages.