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Veterans eligible for free workforce credential testing

Available at Kentucky Career Centers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2015) — Kentucky veterans are eligible to take a free workforce credential test on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended.

cardSupported by partners in Kentucky’s workforce system, the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a work-related skills credential that will help ensure job seekers are qualified for certain types of jobs by the level of certificate they obtain.

“Now more than ever, Kentucky businesses need a strong, skilled workforce to overcome today’s challenges,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “By taking the guesswork out of hiring, this certificate will serve as a valuable tool for Kentucky employers in making employment and training decisions.”

NCRC is a national certification that indicates work readiness by administering three WorkKeys assessments: applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information. These specific workplace skills are needed in 77 percent of all jobs profiled for WorkKeys testing. The certificate allows business partners to increase productivity through turnover prevention and promotion selection. By using NCRC, employers can give their current and future workforce incentive to improve their skills to be eligible for more demanding and lucrative work.

Businesses can boost their bottom line by giving interview preference to prospective employees who have an NCRC or by requiring a certain level of NCRC for employment. By requiring a certain level of NCRC to apply for available jobs, employers can be more confident the person they select for the job is a good fit.

“The NCRC is the quantifiable tool that allows employers and economic developers to measure terms like, ‘we need a qualified workforce’ into a credential that means the same thing across Kentucky and across the nation,” said NCRC program coordinator Joseph Paul.

Eligible veterans can obtain free NCRC testing through local Kentucky Career Centers. This offer is available for a limited time. Interested veterans should contact their local Kentucky Career Center and request a free NCRC for Kentucky veterans.