3 Reasons to Implement In-House Workforce Development Programs in Your Agency



  • Have your company values been embedded into your organizational culture?
  • Do you have a pipeline of loyal, competent employees ready to advance?
  • Does your organization have strong brand recognition in your community?

Our workforce has shifted in countless ways over the last two decades. The changing demographics and expectations of our current workforce have shifted tremendously since the coronavirus pandemic.

PROBLEMS: If you are experiencing high rates of employee turnover, long periods with unfilled vacancies, or an inability to promote from within, not only are you losing money, but you are also squandering the precious commodity we call time.

SOLUTION: Implement In-House Workforce Development Programs

  1. Build a workplace of qualified employees
  2. Develop a culture of innovative employees
  3. Build a team of engaged employees.

Investments in your people and your community are the answer.  Increase upward mobility, talent pipelines, employee engagement, and company brand through workforce development programs.

Workforce development programs provide specific opportunities to capture institutional knowledge, allow for greater organizational adaptability, and give you an advantage over your competition.

At Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, our mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where employees thrive individually and collectively.

Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting offers program development and management consulting services that positively impact:

  • Employee engagement and experience
  • Talent retention and mobility
  • Community reputation and branding
  • Productivity and profits

When the economy hits a downward spiral, workforce development programs are often the first on the chopping block as executives look to cut costs. This option may see short-term success, however, major increases in humanitarian needs and crises highlight the importance of these programs. Building your programs on a solid foundation and aligning them with your company business offers the opportunity to thrive long-term. This is where you can benefit from the expertise of a Social Work Consultant.

Give back, do good, and pay it forward – employees want to work for companies with a heart and consumers want to support socially responsible companies.

  1. Learning and Development Programs – management trainee, mentorship, and upskilling/reskilling
  2. Internship Programs – high school, undergraduate, and graduate interns
  3. Social Good Programs – sponsorship, partnerships, workplace giving
  4. Volunteer Programs – in-house events, group volunteering, community events

QUESTION: Why do I call the above-mentioned programs workforce development programs instead of corporate social responsibility programs?

ANSWER: I believe that the world is our classroom and informal learning environments are as important as formal learning environments. Employees grow and develop personally and professionally when they teach, train, mentor, volunteer, and donate as much as they do when they are the ones receiving new knowledge, mentorship, opportunities, and support. These programs create a powerful ripple effect in our workforce.

QUALIFICATIONS: Nicki Sanders has a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialization in social action and community development. She has led, coordinated, and managed several successful multi-disciplinary teams across various programs. Nicki has recruited, hired, trained, and retained employees, volunteers, and interns. She is knowledgeable of social work professional standards and ethics as well as current research and best practices in experiential education, employee engagement, leadership development, and community engagement.

NEXT STEPS: Set up a 15-minute consultation to discuss ways to introduce, implement, or improve impactful workforce development programs:



Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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