Choosing your program

Pick the program that works for you and your capacity

Choose one of four programs to implement

The Accelerator programming can be offered as a standalone program (lower, standard, or higher touch options) or you can enhance your current employer offerings through the incorporation of skills-based practices

There are two types of programs, stand-alone programs and enhancement of your current programming. If you want to run a stand-alone Accelerator program, there are three options available ranging from lower and standard to higher touch programs. The elements included for cohort events vary by program. Lower touch includes a local networking event. Standard includes a networking event and group working sessions. Higher touch includes networking events, group working sessions, and interactive presentations. All stand-alone programs include the self-paced primer (online resources for skills-based practice fundamentals) and structured coaching (1:1 personalized coaching sessions with employers). Enhancing current programming incorporates employer adoption of skills-based practices into the trainings, events, and services you currently offer.

The standalone program approach helps you expand your employer engagement

The standalone Accelerator offers flexible programming to help you engage with employers and help them address talent challenges that are top of mind

Role requirements:​ Detailed role requirements for standalone programs are listed below along with a capacity calculator to help you decide which program is right for you (lower, standard, or higher touch)

The enhancement of current programming approach might be right for you if

You do not have the incremental capacity or have fluctuating availability to offer a standalone program

You already have existing forums or recurring events where groups of employers regularly engage

You already have 1:1 sessions with employers set up to provide hands-on support

Role requirements: You and your team members can take the ~4-hour Skillful Talent Series training to gain the foundation of skills-based practices. The additional capacity required to incorporate skills-based practices into your current programming will vary on case-by-case basis, depending on the elements you choose to integrate (see more information in preparing for delivery)

Role requirements across standalone Accelerator programs

This graphic outlines role requirements across stand-alone Accelerator programs sorted by activity, role required, associated responsibilities, time commitment, and the resources in the website to support the role. 
Activity: planning program; Role required: program lead; Responsibility: launch program, assign roles, create program roadmap, ensure implementation of program elements; Time commitment: ~16 hours with planning, check-ins, and executive decision making; Resources provided in playbook: program roadmap planning excel
Activity: recruiting participants; Role required: employer recruiter(s); Responsibility: identify potential employer participants, conduct outreach, schedule conversations, and receive sign ups; Time commitment: ~1 hour per employer for outreach and follow-up conversations; Resources provided in playbook: outreach email templates, flyers and comms materials, impact stories/case studies
Activity: coaching participants; Role required: coach(es); Responsibility: meet 1:1 with employers to provide personalized hands-on support adopting skills-based practices; Time commitment: ~6-12 hours per employer depending on the number of sessions (1-hour sessions, 0.5 hour prep and follow-up) and an additional 3 hours per coach for the skillful talent series eLearning; Resources provided in playbook: eLearning for skills-based practices, coaching program guide, coaching materials, employer resources 
Activity: implementing cohort events (for lower, standard, and higher touch programs) ; Role required: networking event lead; Responsibility: organize and host an event for employer peers and community organizations that serve job seekers and work with employers to network and share learnings; Time commitment: ~5 hours (3 hours for preparation, 2 hours for event); Resources provided in playbook: draft agendas and materials 
 Activity: implementing cohort events (for standard and higher touch programs) ; Role required: workgroup facilitator(s); Responsibility: facilitate working sessions with a group of employers for hands-on time implementing skills-based practices, group discussions, and answering questions; Time commitment: ~11 hours per facilitator – there should be ~1 facilitator for every 5 employers (6 hours for sessions – four 1.5 hour sessions, 2 hours for 30 minutes of prep for each session, 3 hours for the skillful talent series eLearning) ; Resources provided in playbook: eLearning for skills-based practices, working session materials, facilitation guides, employer resources
Activity: implementing cohort events (for higher touch programs); Role required: presenter; Responsibility: deliver interactive presentations providing an overview and applications of skills-based practices; Time commitment: ~11 hours (4 hours for sessions – four 1 hour presentations, 4 hours for prep, 3 hours for the skillful talent series eLearning); Resources provided in playbook: eLearning for skills-based practices, presentation materials, presenter guides.

*One person can play multiple roles

Use the capacity calculatorto understand the total time commitment for each program to guide your choice

Based on your decision, roles and event dates will need to be assigned/scheduled using the excel sheet in the next section: Preparing for delivery