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All about Alta’s strategic plan

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Recently, Alta’s staff, some board members and regional coordinators who manage Alta’s programmes and classes around the country, participated in a strategic planning workshop.

The workshop was facilitated pro bono by Marshall Ogle, Ravi Rampersad and Salaina Jagroop of Deloitte and Touche—one of Trinidad’s largest professional services firms.

The firm’s focus is to help clients navigate their business challenges and achieve success. Alta was taken through an extensive and thorough workshop which looked at how Alta intends to compete with the resources available in the existing and perceived future environment.

Alta prides itself on good governance and strong foresight and took the decision to implement a strategic plan which would provide a framework and clear direction for decision-making, establish a vision which is shared among all members of the Association and which we hope will result in an increased level of commitment to Alta, as well as better services for those who matter most—our students.

Both Alta’s Vision and Mission Statements were examined and modified by members to ensure that they were in line with what Alta wants to become.

Additionally, both an external analysis on Alta’s performance from a key stakeholder perspective and a comparison of performances of other entities like Alta around the world were carried out. Alta’s CEO, Paula Lucie Smith also presented an internal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis on behalf of the Association.

Afterward, we were challenged to come up with strategic objectives which would take us beyond our current resources and capabilities. This was a bit daunting as we do quite a lot at Alta and attempting to decide on four objectives which would guide the work of the organisation for the next couple years took a lot of brainstorming and debating. Nevertheless we were able to complete this, which led us to our strategies that will be implemented in order to achieve these objectives.

The session was quite enjoyable, well facilitated and undoubtedly important to the continued success of Alta.

We are extremely grateful to Deloitte and Touche for conducting a workshop which has led to a solid strategic plan for the Adult Literacy Tutors Association.

Alta communications manager, Paige Andrew shared her thoughts on the session: “I am a planner and work well with goals and objectives so I was excited to see what the session would bring,” she said.

“This was my first time participating in a workshop of this nature and it exceeded all my expectations. The sessions were interesting, well designed and led to the development of necessary and realistic changes that could be made to Alta’s mission and vision going forward.

“I especially liked our sessions on objectives and strategies. It was interactive and a good opportunity for everyone to identify key areas for Alta’s growth in the coming years. Thanks Deloitte!”

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