Activator Training Program | Markle
Activator Training Program | Markle

Activator Training Program

The Activator Training Program teaches participants how to engage employers in implementing more equitable hiring and talent management practices. Developed for change leaders, business advisors and workforce specialists, the program provides guidance on how to help employers understand the business benefits and social impact of using skills-based practices to hire, retain, and develop staff.

Delivered via instructor-led online workshops and a self-paced online course, the training can be competed remotely and is provided free of charge through the Rework America Alliance.

The Activator program is suitable for people that advise employers on topics such as business development; hiring, human resources; and equity and inclusion. Previous participants have worked at regional and national business networks, Chambers of Commerce, and at large employers where they have been championing change within their own organization.


What You Will Learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of skills-based talent management practices
  • Benefits to employers, candidates, and the community at large, from taking a skills-centric approach
  • How to help employers expand their talent pools, attract more candidates, and more a more diverse workforce
  • Actionable techniques to engage employers in committing to adopting new practices
  • Tools and resources that can be shared with employers to help them implement skills-based practices, including:

    • How to write effective skills-based job postings
    • How to assess candidates based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to do a job.
    • How a focus on skills can help retain and develop existing staff

Who Will Benefit from this Course:

  • Anyone in a role or at an organization that advise businesses, nonprofit partners, or public sector organizations on issues related to hiring, business/workforce development, or building a more equitable approach to hiring, training, and promotion.
  • Previous participants have worked at regional and national business networks, Chambers of Commerce, nonprofits that provide career guidance
  • Individuals at large employers looking to champion change within their own organization
    Suitable for individuals or teams.

Additional Details:

  • Time Commitment:

Three (3) sessions of three (3) hours each—for a total of nine (9) hours, plus a self-paced online course which takes 45-minutes to complete at your own pace.

  • Format:

The Activator program starts with an engaging online course to provide participants with a grounding in skills-based practices that they can complete at their own pace. This includes instruction on how to use key tools and resources recommended in the workshop training.

This is followed by instructor-led virtual sessions which can also be accessed remotely.

  • Cost:

Free of charge. Provided by the Rework America Alliance.


The Rework America Alliance is now led by Jobs for the Future (JFF). Alliance tools and resources are shared by JFF to support its North Star goal to help 75 million people facing systemic barriers to advancement move into quality jobs within the next 10 years. You can still access Alliance resources here while JFF works to get them live on its site, at

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