Assign Roles and Formalize Partnerships

Strong partnerships are official partnerships.

Career Pathways Action Guide Phase:

Once you’ve agreed upon who your partners are, the next step is to figure out the roles and responsibilities each partner will take on to ensure a successful program. Some sample partner roles are below, and a more complete list of roles can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Pathways Toolkit.

Partner Roles
  • instructor/educator/trainer
  • wraparound service provider
  • mentor supplier
  • convener
  • curriculum designer
  • employer/hiring entity
  • fundraiser
  • credentialing body
  • equipment supplier

Ideally, each partner will sign up to fulfill at least two roles and commit to fulfilling those roles for at least two cohorts of program participants to allow for lessons learned to be implemented the second time.

Get it down in writing!

Acquiring written commitments from partners is critical to ensuring everyone is following through on assigned responsibilities. Codify each partnership using a written agreement to increase the probability that partners will, in fact, perform the role they signed up for and deliver committed resources to the program. Examples of partnership agreements include memoranda of understanding, grant agreements, contracts, and statements of collaboration.



Career Pathways Action Guide