The Second Cohort of the Skillful Indiana Governor’s Coaching Corps has Graduated

As 2020 came to a close, 34 Indiana career coaches graduated from the second cohort of the Skillful Indiana Governor’s Coaching Corps (SGCC), a partnership of Skillful and the state of Indiana that recognizes the vital role career coaches play bridging the gap between individuals and employers, supporting economic growth across the state, and guiding professional advancement for thousands of Hoosiers. 

After an in person launch of the corps in March, the global pandemic forced this cohort to complete the intensive leadership and skills development program 100% virtually, making their experience completely unique from the cohorts that came before them. The virtual eight-month experience allowed them to learn important skills and strategies to complement the great work they already do and helped to build a statewide network of supportive peers. 

To help their clients succeed in today’s rapidly changing economy, the coaches were introduced to tools and methods designed to pinpoint job seekers’ existing skills and translate them in ways employers can understand. Through the program, coaches also built their emotional and positive intelligence to better connect with the people they serve and learned design thinking principles to address complex problems. They applied their learnings directly as they worked on their action team projects. For these projects, action team members pooled their on-the-ground expertise, conducted their own research, and explored promising practices to address some of the most pressing workforce issues facing Hoosiers.

This research culminated in presentations to influential leaders in the workforce and education space. Commissioner Fred Payne, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Kent Kramer, President & Executive Officer, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, Dakota Pawlicki, Strategy Officer, Joshua Winter, Director of Skills and Employability at Microsoft, Lumina Foundation, and many others.

During these presentations, they outlined their work and provided recommendations on how to move forward with; how to leverage digital tools to expand the reach of career coaching and identifying best practices for serving the underemployed, for serving a specific segment of the middle-skill population, for education & employer partnerships, for aligning workforce development providers and employers, and for collecting data and tracking impact. A few examples of the innovative solutions that came out of the presentations include:

  • A State of Indiana resource guide with scan codes to access 1:1 services.
  • A case for expanding Next Level Jobs with new incentives for employers and employees who participate in the experience.
  • Stand-alone kiosks with individual portals to guide Hoosiers to services, especially those who do not have access to a digital device or wifi.
  • A state-wide electronic referral management and supportive services information system for better coordinated care.
  • A new state led occupation, the Education Workforce Connector, to be placed in each county to build connections between employers and educators and encourage public/private partnerships.
  • A branding campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of WorkOne Services.

Last year’s action teams’ recommendations were so well-received, the Skillful Governor’s Coaching Corps was featured in the Indiana Strategic Workforce Planbecause the SGCC serves “as a valuable tool to incorporate ideas from individuals who engage daily with Hoosiers accessing services.” The next cohort of the SGCC will build on the work and learnings from the 2020 graduates to continue finding ways to provide Hoosiers with more opportunities. At Skillful we are proud to continue learning from these extraordinary career coaches and support them as they work together to help today’s workforce prepare for the future of work. We are confident the skills and resources the graduates have acquired during their time with the SGCC will continue to have lasting impact as the coaches bring their knowledge and expertise back to their local communities.

Due to the continuing pandemic, Skillful plans to launch the 2021 GCC Cohort in June, with the application launching in late April. In the meantime, visit www.skillful.com/indianaSGCC to learn more about the Skillful Indiana Governor's Coaching Corps, and if you’re an Indiana career coach register for the Skillful Coaching Community of Practice to join a virtual support network, build your coaching skills through webinars and peer-led calls, share resources and content with peers, and discuss how to best serve job seekers.