Now that the seed is planted from part one of this article, it’s time to put your imagination to work to formulate a blueprint and get something off the ground. Because this could be quite the undertaking and you’ll eventually need many people with different skill sets and knowledge of different disciplines, it’s important to gather together a group that can help brainstorm and build the framework.
To get you started, here are a few ideas of what this plan or program could entail:
- Knowledge-sharing – what journals or trade publications would benefit from the knowledge employees have within your company and what kind of a support system could be put into place to create collaborative works that could be submitted to such publications? Remember, not everyone is a writer, so some kind of support and assistance with writing and editing is a must.
- Are there schools or other organizations in need of tutors or mentors in the occupational fields employees are in? For example, one such local institute called Technology Access Foundation has thrived by volunteerism and giving from companies and individuals that are willing to support their mission of helping minority children gain access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines and careers. STEM has been gaining more momentum in local schools as of late and when companies partner with schools or organizations to support this effort, it helps lessen the knowledge gap in those specific areas for our future workforce.
- Does your company have an intern program? If so, does it include learning and curriculum from multiple parts of the company? Are subject matter experts from within the company involved in teaching, training, and working with these students? Inviting high school or college-age individuals to come and work for your company for a summer not only helps build a pipeline of future applicants, but it’s also a great way to give them an experience they’ll remember while allowing you to give them a taste of what your career is like.
- Need more ideas of what to get involved in? Take a look at Washington State Service Corps through the Employment Security Department, which brings together volunteers and non-profit organizations in local communities to assist the public with regard to the environment, safety, education and health.
Now that you have some basic ideas, it’s time to gather the group, start brainstorming, and put it into action!