Kentucky’s Office of Employment Training and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer Kentucky employers a new work force tool that will help ensure that job seekers have the qualifications needed for certain positions.
The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) predicts workplace success by measuring the following skills: problem solving, critical thinking, reading and using written work-related text, applying information from workplace documents to solve problems, applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems, setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations, locating and applying information that is presented graphically, and comparing, summarizing and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics.
The tool gives employers the option of requiring a certain level of NCRC to apply for available jobs or give interview preference to prospective employees who have an NCRC. The certificate can also increase productivity through turnover prevention and promotion selection. By using NCRC, employers can give their current and future work force incentive to improve their skills to be eligible for more demanding and lucrative work.
Kentuckians looking to improve their work readiness or advance at work, including high school juniors and seniors, can take the three WorkKeys assessments at more than 100 sites across Kentucky. Employers and job seekers can sign up for the program at ncrc.ky.gov. For more information about the NCRC, go to nationalcareerreadiness.org.