Remember, the workforce development process can’t be accomplished by just one person. It takes a TEAM.
Team membership can vary.
Ideally, it should include staff across multiple levels and roles within the agency.
It should also include key community partners.
Workforce development is accomplished within the context of the extended community. The workforce is a visible reminder of the agency’s role supporting children, youth, and families. It's also critical to engage community members to help define current and future workforce needs.
Ideal teams include:
Human Resources Staff
Key Community Partners:
Colleges and Universities
Typically, there are two roles within the team:
Facilitate and schedule meetings.
Work with team members to develop the agenda for each meeting.
Assign responsibilities or tasks.
Develop timelines for action planning.
Typically, one or two members of the team assume the role of leader(s). Consider rotating leader roles over time.
Share a commitment to their common goal.
Hold one another mutually accountable for moving forward.
Share responsibilities and workload:
Gather the necessary information.
Offer multiple perspectives.
Assume responsibility for implementation.
Monitor and evaluate impact.
Share and receive information from peers and colleagues:
Vertically (up and down the supervisory and reporting chain)
Horizontally (across the agency and with community partners and stakeholders)
The Tool Kit is centered on a philosophy of continuous quality improvement.
Examples of strategies to strengthen components are provided when you Explore Components & Strategies. Your team must determine how “doable” examples and proposed strategies are for your particular agency.
Resources and tools from MyNCWWI.org are provided throughout the Tool Kit. Many are specifically focused on change management and implementation. These will help you build the capacity you need to implement and sustain your Action Plan.
Other resources are also provided throughout the Tool Kit. They come from excellent workforce development resources from the public and private sector.