CT Work Ready Communities (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) to measure and close the skills gap — and building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts. https://www.workreadycommunities.org/
Workkeys was developed by ACT, which is a leader in education assessments and workforce development services. Workkeys links workforce and education partners to assist in developing a common language for job skill requirements to develop employees, thus creating a better workforce. Assessments measure abilities in communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills and personal skills. A total of 12 assessments can be completed. The top three assessments used are reading, writing and locating information, which is in the Communication and problem solving categories. However, more companies are adding to these most popular assessments due to the job descriptions and requirements. Others that are used most include technology and observation.
The Turning Point staff works in partnership with the 4 Community Colleges to provide Workkeys & CRCs to individuals through specially funded initiatives. The assessments are not provided through the Administrative office, but can be coordinated with certified site administrators at approved locations if there is interest. The 3 areas to assess for are: Applied Math, Workplace Documents and Graphic Literacy. For more information visit:
A job profile can be completed by a certified Job profiler that can help companies seeking to hire, promote and train employees. The report documents tasks of the job, skills required and job descriptions. For full details, visit: http://www.act.org/workkeys/job-profiling/
The Local Area Workforce Boards in partnership with other agencies can provide workkeys and job profiling to area companies that are interested.