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Toolkit for Developing High-Performing Industry Partnerships
Effectively managed industry partnerships need committed partners at all levels. Strong leadership and dedicated staff, with the knowledge and skills to engage in the work and plan for sustainability, can help the partnership achieve long-term success. Dedicated funding from diverse funding streams and partners are essential to meeting the goals and objectives of the partnership.
Practice: Operate with Knowledgeable Staff
Engaging employers and partners to discuss topics like job quality, equity and inclusion, and worker needs is important and requires expertise and competency in a variety of areas.
What success looks like
More employer relationships at multiple levels within an organization.
More employer champions speak with and recruit their peers.
Employer and partner participation that moves away from transactional interactions.
Job Quality Competency Model (National Fund) – Use this model to better understand what skills and competencies are necessary for collaboratives to embark on job quality work with employers.
Collaborative Leadership – Learn what collaborative leadership is and how to practice it. Use this to develop an environment where stakeholders depend on collaborative problem-solving and decision-making.
Core Skills for Public Sector Innovation – A beta model of skills to promote and enable innovation in public sector organizations. Industry partnerships can use as a guide to identify partners who reflect these skills and find ways to develop them across partners and staff.
Practice: Invest in Staff Training to Maintain Industry Knowledge
Staff must be equipped to research trends about regional partners, assets, and resources to stay relevant to industry and worker needs.
What success looks like
Partnership is responsive to market changes with staff who serve as a catalyst for change.
Staff have competencies related to emerging areas of expertise such as job quality, systems change and racial equity and inclusion.
Staff know how to act on employer feedback and how to include worker voice and perspective.
SkillWorks Phase II Evaluation: Overview of Outcomes (Mt. Auburn Associates) – This report on outcomes and lessons learned from a regional funders collaborative can be used by industry partnerships to identify intended outcomes and opportunities for working with the public workforce system.