This experience report shares how ‘Skill the Gap’, a not-for-profit organization, is building the leaders of tomorrow using Agility and thus making sure the next generation have great places to work.

We are doing this by upskilling ‘first job seekers’ from schools and universities in the core individual, team and leadership skills needed for Agility. This is done globally at scale and at no cost to the participants.

What do these ‘new collar’ workers need in terms of skills that they are not getting today and how do they get them at no additional cost? We help bridge ‘the gap’ between what schools and universities deliver and what businesses need.

57% of worldwide leaders say that it’s the soft skills that are more important than core competencies in this dynamic digital world. So, what are these skills and how do we plan to upskill 1 million first-job-seekers in the first 2 years of operations?

“Team working is an individual skill” and training, coaching and equipping the next generation with these key skills before they enter the work place will enable them to be successful from day one and go on to be great leaders.

We don’t stop there…we also place them at our sponsor organizations, thus giving them the opportunity, they need to shine. The sponsors enable us to give the students these skills at no financial cost.

We will share our initial experiences and feedback, the 4 pillars of our curriculum and the 40 micro modules of magic.

We use ‘training from the back of the room’ techniques, volunteers in 4 continents and a unique curriculum, to embed the learning and couple it with mentoring and coaching to deliver a unique learning experience that is scalable and is being currently rolled out in 6 cities from Miami to Melbourne.

Check out www.skillthegap.org for more details.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

We will talk about the why and the problem we are trying to address across the 3 spectrums of business, students and volunteers.

We will then cover the scope of our unique Agility curriculum.

This is followed by how we scale and how we plan to provide a deep enough experience to embed the learning and enable them to work in an Agile way from day one.

Learning Outcome

Attendees would learn the following:

  • What’s the skill gap today? What do businesses want, and our educational institutions don’t provide?
  • How can ‘first-job-seekers’ acquire these skills at no extra cost?
  • How one can volunteers and give back, at their own time and pace, in order to help the next generation
  • How we hope this will go viral and speed up the change to a new way of working in most companies and countries

Target Audience

• All Agilistas • Everyone with children, brothers or sisters who are in or nearing the ‘first job’ stage.

Prerequisites for Attendees

None.. just enjoy the talk.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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    Talia Lancaster / Angie Doyle - T-minus 10… 9… 8… We have lift-off!

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    • Common goals - What do we as a group want to achieve together?
    • Personal goals - What do I as an individual want to achieve?
    • Team values - What do we really stand for and believe in?
    • Needs and expectations - What do each of us need to be successful in a diverse team?
    • Rules & Activities - How do we communicate and keep everyone up to date?
    • Strengths & Assets - What skills do we have in the team?
    • Weaknesses & Risks - What are the weaknesses we have, as an individual and as a team?

    We will walk through our agenda for team lift-offs, facilitation posters and preparation work required, materials needed, and facilitation tips and tricks. All packaged in a handy pocket guide, that you can use to explore tried and tested techniques for each essential element. We will also have an opportunity to practice some of these techniques during the session.

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  • Sohan Maheshwar
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    Archana Joshi - Propel by Scaling Innovation

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    Phil Abernathy - How to successfully craft a business agility transformation?

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    Fernando Guigou - Collaborative Boards

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  • Deepak Chopra
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    Deepak Chopra - Digitally Disrupting SQA-for the future Digital Enterprises

    Deepak Chopra
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    Vishweshwar Hegde - Do you have the EI for AI Challenge?

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