VHA Supervisor Ready Program: Custom Tech, Custom Curriculum
Aptive experts have experience creating custom technology-enabled solutions for government challenges. With years of management, leadership and teaching experience, Aptive professionals are qualified to deliver the Supervisor Ready course.
Any coursework developed for Supervisor Ready needed to align with and complement the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) leadership competency model and the VA leadership development framework for front-line supervisors. Aptive worked with VHA to develop coursework page by page, facilitated by a Microsoft Power Apps online platform that improved accountability and communication between faculty and students.
The coursework consists of weekly content that guides students through a 12-week program, where they learn about 12 VHA leadership competencies and requirements topics. VHA offers the program twice a year to groups of 200 students, developing 400 future VHA leaders annually.
Revised content for students and instructors
The new curriculum includes real-world examples that make the content come alive for students. Each of the 12 lessons includes a slide deck and lesson plan. Three guidebooks accompany individual lesson plans, which Aptive revised with content to reflect new, streamlined operations created by Aptive and VHA with extensive input from a diverse group of VA stakeholders. The guidebooks reflect multiple facets of a shared vision for Supervisor Ready.
In 2021, VHA delivered 480 virtual trainings, six webinars and a VHA leadership panel to VHA’s classes of aspiring leaders nationwide. Course leaders were available to students outside class to facilitate their learning experience and ensure their success.
A cohesive educational experience
Creating a user-friendly learning experience was a high priority for VHA. To achieve this goal, VHA and Aptive implemented technology-based solutions to ensure each student could enjoy a seamless interface.
The team created an online portal through which students attend class and access all course materials and information. In addition, supervisors-in-training can access educational resources, meetings and a collaborative space for peer discussion and feedback. VHA can collect data and conduct student surveys to continually improve the program. Aptive provides additional program information through weekly updates and reports after each educational module is completed. This convenient and effective program platform provides a one-stop-shop for all student, faculty and VHA needs. In addition, automating a significant amount of administrative work resulted in cost savings for VHA.
From custom coursework with essential information for aspiring supervisors to an innovative digital platform for student and faculty engagement and interaction, VHA’s new Supervisor Ready program helps develop VHA’s next class of competent leaders.