Welcome to the Work Ready Online work readiness certification process.

The benefit of having a work readiness certificate is simple, during the hiring process employers look for ways to sort out various candidates. A jobseeker's resume is primarily how most employers, HR, and Recruiters determine which candidate is most qualified for a position. Although there are many ways to make a resume stand out, having additional documents such as certifications can give a jobseeker the competitive advantage over others that don't. 

Facts About Work Readiness

According to ACT.org, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. A “work ready” individual possesses the foundational skills needed to be minimally qualified for a specific occupation as determined through a job analysis or occupational profile. The skills needed for work readiness: 1. are both foundational and occupation specific, 2. vary in both importance and level for different occupations, and 3. depend on the critical tasks identified via a job analysis or an occupational profile.

Work readiness skills include both foundational cognitive skills such as reading for information, applied mathematics, locating information, problem solving, and critical thinking and noncognitive skills, or soft skills, which are defined as personal characteristics and behavioral skills that enhance an individual’s interactions, job performance, and career prospects such as adaptability, integrity, cooperation, and workplace discipline.

ACT Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks 

ACT Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks are precise descriptions of the knowledge and combination of skills that individuals need to be minimally qualified for a target occupation and are determined by the level of skills profiled for a national representative sample of jobs in a given occupation. While work readiness standards establish the mix of skills and range of levels reported by employers (i.e., minimum and maximum) for specific occupations, work readiness benchmarks are considered to be a target skill level (i.e., median) that an individual should aim for in order to be considered work ready for that occupation. These standards and benchmarks ensure that current and prospective employees’ skills are aligned with employer skill requirements and that individuals develop the foundational and job-specific skills necessary to be successful throughout a lifetime. Measuring individual skill signatures and employer skill requirements using a common language found in the ACT Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks will help solve the long-standing problem of skill mismatches and gaps by aligning postsecondary curriculum with skills that meet employers’ needs.

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