ERIC Number: ED403425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Approaches to Forming a Learning Consortium. Issues to Address. Business Assistance Note #3.
A learning consortium is a group of companies that come together to learn from each other to develop new capabilities, build the skills of their employees, and increase the productive capacities of their enterprises. Most undertake both work force and workplace development efforts. Although the key feature is cooperative learning, most learning consortia also engage in collective learning. The following issues are involved in forming a learning consortium: creating a concept; building a membership; creating an organization; establishing a mission and goals; assessing needs; developing a program; delivering the program; evaluating the consortium; and building sustainability. Learning consortia provide economic benefits to companies, employees, and the communities in which they reside. The process of working together as a group and learning cooperatively is extremely powerful. Through consortia, training costs can be reduced, resources expanded, and relevance improved. Success factors include the following: (1) build on the success of earlier efforts; (2) establish trust among members; (3) find a highly skilled facilitator to work with the consortium; (4) develop a common mission that all members can support; (5) involve people from all levels of participating organizations; (6) continually improve and redesign programs and services; (7) create a sense of permanence and stability; and (8) demonstrate to members that participation will benefit them directly. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Program Development, Shared Resources and Services, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Adapted from ED 391 048. Product of the National Workforce Assistance Collaborative.