How to Launch a Talent Development Program

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

Providing employees with opportunities to learn and grow is at the heart of every talent development program. Not only do effective talent development programs increase employee satisfaction,¹ but they lead to boosted productivity,² higher levels of engagement,³ and an improved employee experience.⁴ These outcomes contribute to increased revenue⁵ and, perhaps most important of all, higher retention rates.⁶

SIGMA’s Talent Development Guide Contents

Despite the known benefits of talent development, organizations struggle to put effective talent development plans in place. Currently, 87% of workers report that they no longer feel like they are growing in their position.⁷ To address this need, SIGMA has created a talent development guide. In this guide, our experts will lead you through:

  • How to identify common development areas.
  • The different types of development opportunities.
  • How to launch a talent development program.
  • Talent development program best practices.
  • How to update the plan.
  • The steps required to launch a talent development program.

Download the guide and learn how you can begin building a robust talent development program for your organization.

Sneak Peek: 10 Steps to Launch a Powerful Talent Development Program

  1. IDENTIFY common development areas.
  2. ESTABLISH a team or committee responsible for the launch of the program.
  3. OBTAIN buy-in from leadership.
  4. DETERMINE the competencies most important for your organization to develop.
  5. COMMUNICATE the plan.
  6. SOURCE a scientifically-validated talent assessment.
  7. CHOOSE knowledge transfer and experiential learning development opportunities to address development areas.
  8. LAUNCH the talent development plan and document the process.
  9. MEASURE program effectiveness.
  10. INCORPORATE feedback and adjust as necessary.

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⁶ Rogers, M. (2020). A Better Way to Develop and Retain Top Talent. Harvard Business Review.
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⁷ From the Great Resignation to the Great Reskilling: Insight on What’s Next for the “Great
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About the Author

Callum Hughson

Managing Editor

Callum is a member of the marketing team and utilizes his communications, marketing, and leadership development experience to create engaging and informative web content for a professional audience. A detailed editor and collaborator, Callum works with SIGMA’s coaches and consultants to deliver evidence-based thought leadership in the area of talent development.