Become a PACE Program partner.

If you are interested in
bringing a PACE apprentice
to your organization, or
if you wish to enroll one
of your current employees
in the PACE Program,
please e-mail pacepinfo@

or call 202.628.3115.

Become a PACE Apprentice.

If you have the desire and
passion to make a difference
in government, craft a cover
letter and resume that
highlight why you are a qualified candidate
to Recruiting.PACE@
Email Patti McMullen,
PREP Director,
with questions about
the program or
application process.
U.S. Citizenship is required
for this program.

Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence (PACE) Program

Developing the next generation of consulting leaders

Apprenticeships for Transitioning Professionals

The Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence (PACE) Program is a 25-week program designed to accelerate the career development of transitioning professionals by providing on-the-job and classroom training. Apprentices gain paid, client delivery experience working on project teams while acquiring the competencies and skills needed to make a meaningful impact on the U.S. Federal Government.

Through the PACE Program, M Powered Strategies recruits talented transitioning professionals for short-term contract work with our partner clients. Candidates are rigorously screened in a multi-step process that includes the evaluation of writing skills and teamwork, as well as group and one-on-one interviews. Upon completion of the program, the graduate apprentice can be hired on a permanent basis.

Maximizing the professionalism of the current workforce

The PACE Program is also available as a professional development package for junior members of our partner client organizations. As PACE apprentices, they receive the comprehensive training and coaching as well as the diagnostics and feedback that are offered to all the participants in the program.

“Our PACE apprentice takes a lot of initiative, going well beyond his job description.  He has made himself a valuable member of our team and his hard work does not go unnoticed.”  –PACE Partner 2013

PACE Apprentices

  • Are an integral part of a consulting project team
  • Adapt and develop their professional skills to address government challenges
  • Provide clients with actionable solutions to improve organizational efficiency
  • Expand their knowledge base and skills with formal training in project management, facilitation, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and other competencies
  • Conduct an independent project, culminating in a white paper with analysis of client problems and recommended solutions, which is then presented to a panel of industry leaders and executives
  • Network with high-level federal managers and private sector consultants while learning how to operate in the Beltway

The PACE training curriculum empowers apprentices with the skills to
become strong leaders.

Knowledge Domains

  • Intro to Strategic Planning: Application of the Balanced Scorecard Technique
  • Project Management: Concepts for Consulting
  • Intro to Business Process Model & Notation (BPMN)
  • Intro to Program Management: The 5 Performance Domains
  • Program Evaluation: Quantitative & Qualitative Skills and Tools
  • Principles of Organizational Design: A Comparative Approach for Government Application
  • Intro to Software Development Life Cycle / Agile Development
  • Understanding the Federal Budget Cycle

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Developing Relationship Awareness: Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Understanding Type & Type Dynamics
  • Intro to Dispute Resolution: Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i): Enhancing Proficiency in Complex Work Environments

General Business Skills

  • Theory of the Firm: The Business of Consulting
  • Meeting Management: Logistics & Documentation Best Practices
  • Facilitation: Orchestrating the Group Dynamic
  • Business Case Design: Bringing Home the Bacon
  • Principles of Effective Communication
  • Elements of Effective Contract Pricing
  • Quality Management for Consulting Work Products
  • Business Development: The Rules and When to Break Them
  • Resume Workshop: Establishing Your Brand

“The PACE Program introduced me to a very intelligent, motivated, and supportive community of professionals willing to share the skills and strategies they use to serve clients. The training and on-the-job experience will be incredibly helpful in my next job.”  — Taylor Moore, PACE Program Graduate