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the SHIFT Awards Application
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The SHIFT Awards Application
Please complete the following application as completely as possible. We understand if your project is in the design or early implementation stages, you may not be able to answer all questions completely. Complete the application to the best of your ability as there will be awards that may recognize projects at those early stages, as well. Remember, winning submissions will be shared as part of an idea exchange on the Close It DistributED website and SHRM NM website. You may submit supporting documentation such as training materials/descriptions, videos, program announcements, marketing materials, etc. All materials should be uploaded with this application. All supporting materials and the application must be submitted in the form below. If you have questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have the option to “Save and Continue” should you need more time.
Our submission is for an innovation that (Choose all that apply.):
Identifies new or existing talent
Create new methods of assessing candidate skill sets
Focuses on invisible or otherwise overlooked populations
Provides innovative learning pathways to skill up current employees
Develops a diverse, work-ready pipeline of talent
Determines new and more relevant job requirements that expand opportunities
Helps to bridge the skills gap
If you selected “Other” explain here:
We designed and benefitted from our own innovation.
We are a staffing firm that works to provide opportunities for employment to an underserved/special population. (If you also hired/trained your own internal employees through your program, please include this in your program description.)
We hired people or developed our internal workforce in partnership with a program created by an organization that designed the innovation for the benefit of others.
What special population do you serve?
Name of Partner Organization:
What is the total number of employees in your organization?
Does the program affect all employees?
If not, how many employees benefit from the innovation?
If others outside of your organization will be affected, please explain.
Describe the need and/or challenge that led to the development of the innovation. What were the goals? Describe any steps you took to get buy-in from key players in your organization.
In 2000 characters or less, provide a short description of the program(s) developed, who is served, the goal(s) and the results of the program (if you have reached this stage in implementation). This description may be used in full or in part during the awards ceremony and in press releases and other documentation.
What led to the development of the innovation? What were the goals? Describe any steps that were taken to get buy-in from key players in your organization.
Our program is
in early implementation.
currently under way.
is well established.
We began implementing it in _______________. (month, year – if known)
Describe the planning and implementation process. Describe who participated and the methods used.
Include partnerships with any internal departments and constituents (hiring managers, employees, legal, IT, leadership, etc.) Include partnerships with any external partners (community, education, or non-profit partners, industry partners, other employers, etc.)
Did you encounter any challenges along the way? If so, how they were overcome or were they?
Were the goals met? Was the program effective? Based on what criteria? Describe results achieved by implementing the innovation. Here are some things you might consider including in your response:
• Response and support from leadership, employees, and/or the community.
• Who benefitted from the program.
• Impact to the promotion of a diverse workforce (gender, minority, disabled persons, veteran, formerly incarcerated, etc.)
• Impact/disruptions to standard processes, resources, technology, budget, etc.
• To your knowledge, have any other organizations have adopted your innovation?
Describe potential future effects of the innovation.
• Include how your organization will continue to use, evolve, and/or benefit from this innovation.
• Do you feel other organizations could adopt this innovation?
Please list any documents or supporting materials you are including with your submission.
Please submit any materials that you feel support your application.
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