Cultivate Talent: Build a Solid Foundation for Upskilling and Reskilling

By Jes­si­ca Mitsch ● July 22, 2021

Learning how to cultivate talent is one of the most important leadership skills of any manager.

Investing in the advancement of your team’s skills builds your team and company capabilities, it builds loyalty among employees who feel that the company has their best interests front and center, which in turn improves employee retention and drives down turnover costs, all the more critical during today’s talent crunch, when tech employee applicants - from entry to senior level - are hard to find. But it’s not always easy to make the leap from identifying talent with the hard and soft skills that contribute to success in a new field or at a more advanced level - to employees making the leap to engage in, and excel in, training opportunities. There may be significant practical gaps in education or skill sets, and significant concerns about their current work roles and family responsibilities - that should be addressed before companies invest in, and employees engage in, upskilling or reskilling training.

Why is preparation needed before training? Why isn’t educational training enough of a launch pad to cultivate talent?

Across all forms of higher education, underperformance is a principal factor affecting success. In the United States, the overall dropout rate for undergraduate college students is 40%. Top reasons for dropout include inadequate academic preparation and lack of tactical and emotional support. Many students are underprepared for the level of rigor that higher education entails. The same goes for coding bootcamps and other professional programs. Time must be taken to acclimate and prepare individuals before they take on training so that individuals, and the companies who sponsor their training, benefit from the investment of resources.

Enter Momentum.

Momentum prepares talented employees for the demands of training, to build a strong foundation for their upward career trajectory, through a proven, multi-faceted approach. This workshop cultivation series prepares employees for training program expectations, addresses concerns about managing course load in tandem with professional and personal time commitments, and teaches students time management and organization skills useful for both course duration and throughout their careers.

1. Prepare for Training Program Expectations

In order to cultivate talent, Momentum prepares employees for training program expectations by providing, and explaining, customized, repeatable materials prior to the program start, addresses employee concerns about managing course load in tandem with professional and personal time commitments, and teaches students time management and organization skills useful for both course duration and throughout their careers.

2. Customize Schedules to Support Both Team and Individual Needs

When we say "cultivate talent" that not only refers to preparation of the learner, but also tech team management. If training is not planned as a full-time program, Momentum will collaborate with managers on tailoring a work-training hybrid schedule that is most effective for both the group and participants.

3. Tailor Curriculum to Provide Job-Ready Talent

Momentum partners with our clients to match training to their current and planned tech demands. After analyzing our clients’ technology objectives, Momentum instructors plan practical projects tailored to those objectives - to train talent with the confidence, and the skills, to contribute value Day 1 in their new roles.

To learn more about how Momentum cultivates talent, and learn about other technology and business upskilling training we provide to help our clients transform talent, please visit our website or email us directly at info@momentumlearn.com.