“We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.”

Emily Dickinson, American poet


Strategic Planning


Making plans specific

Making plans specific




Plans need to be coherent with clearly identified aims, objectives and actions.





To ensure that adults make well informed career decisions and to provide the relevant information and guidance to enable these adults to realise their choices;                               


To source and provide up-to-date information about occupations, fields of work, education courses and progression opportunities (both educationally and vocationally) and to ensure that our adult clients understand their competencies, aspirations and options through a variety of means, including IT based careers education, quality tailored information, ‘one to one’ and group guidance.


Actions Name / initials of the staff member to complete activity To be completed by

Design and carry out survey of current adult guidance provision


End of Jan 2016

Design and carry out survey of community groups to establish local demand


 End of Jan 2016

Analyse results


 Feb 2016

Team meeting re resource requirements (staff, financial and premises)


End of Feb 2016

Meet with WIT / ETB management and organise steering group of interested parties


March 2016


The language we use in relation to planning should act as a guide and reflect the proactive nature of the plan.

For example:

  • Visit
  • Organise
  • Arrange
  • Request
  • Devise
  • Produce
  • Commence
  • Complete
  • Review



Using the above grid as a model, develop an example of a plan specific to your Service.