We Need an Educated Workforce to Lead the Way
By investing in continuous learning (for yourself and/or your staff) your co-op is making a commitment not only to individual professional and personal growth, but to the future of your co-op and the high quality of service your member-owners expect and deserve.
In the four brief videos below, hear more from our members and colleagues about the importance of ongoing education.
Chapter 1: Why invest in professional development?
Chapter 2: What are the benefits to the employee?
Chapter 3: What's in it for the Cooperative?
Chapter 4: What does NRECA offer that no other training provider can?
Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Professional Development for You and Your Staff
[accordion title="1.%20Keep%20Up%20with%20(and%20Ahead%20of)%20Changes%20in%20the%20Industry"]Our industry is changing. Our relationship with our member owners is changing. In order to keep up with the latest industry trends, technologies and best practices, co-ops need an educated and connected workforce.[/accordion]
[accordion title="2.%20Educated%20Workforce%20%3D%20Successful%20Co-op%20%3D%20High-Quality%20Member%20Service"]Co-op employees need to master various core competencies and skills to perform their jobs successfully. An educated work force benefits not just that individual, but the co-op they support and the community they serve.[/accordion]
[accordion title="3.%20Tap%20into%20the%20Power%20of%20the%20Network"]By building and nurturing professional relationships from across the country, participants in continuous learning events create a valuable support network that lives beyond the classroom. They can interact with colleagues who are going through the same challenges and exchange and learn from each other’s experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Many participants develop friendships that lead to career-long partnerships across the network. All of this adds to the development and success of these individuals and their performance back at their co-op.[/accordion]
[accordion title="4.%20Gain%20a%20New%20Perspective%2C%20Share%20Renewed%20Enthusiasm"]By leaving the office to attend education opportunities, participants get the valuable chance to step away from their daily routine and focus on the big picture. This gives learners energy and empowers them with new ideas and renewed enthusiasm to bring back to benefit the co-op.[/accordion]
[accordion title="5.%20Employees%20Want%20to%20Learn"]The best and brightest of today’s competitive workforce value and expect professional development opportunities to be available at their workplace. By offering employees the opportunity to learn, co-ops are providing the critical professional, leadership and management education, practical resources and national professional network that will help new and existing employees be successful leaders and co-ops retain their most valuable assets. Don’t just take it from us—take a look at the