“A company like Sharp, with long-standing global brand recognition, needs their talent development program to be competitive…to continue to not only advance their people from within, but to attract and retain the right talent from outside as well.”
—Matthew Martorano, Training & Development Manager, Sharp Electronics Corporation
# OF EMPLOYEES: 42,000 (U.S.—5,000)
HEADQUARTERS: Osaka, Japan (U.S.—Montvale, NJ)
With the U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest in decades, Sharp needed a scalable talent development program to upskill new and existing employees, and help them fill open positions by incentivizing new-hire prospects with learning. They sought a partner that offered customizable best-in-class training and the ability to engage various skill-levels of employees.
The resulting program was a collaboration with AMA called Sharp University, Career Development—an intensive, year-long professional development curriculum designed to cultivate a learning environment for their high-potential employees. They built multiple curricula consisting of 4-6 courses geared toward three levels of learners: high-potential staff, mid-level management, and executives.
The first year, Sharp University’s results have been universally positive, with overall participant feedback averaging 88% in post-training surveys, and there’s been an uptick in promotions since it launched. Rather than struggle to find the perfect hire, Sharp can now confidently promote or hire someone who has the potential to shine but may need some polish.
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