The northwest Tennessee certified work-ready community initiative is part of a national effort to encourage those in the workforce to get ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate. Organizers hope to increase the number of local employers who require or recommend that applicants have the certificate before they are hired. The goal is to have more than 7,300 people in northwest Tennessee certified during the project and to bring on board approximately 270 employers supporting ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling and the National Career Readiness Certificate.
ACT's WorkKeys program tests an applicant's workplace skills and aptitude in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information.
The 11 counties of northwest Tennessee are the only counties in the state participating in the two-year project. When each county reaches its goals, it will officially be considered a work-ready community. The employer community embraced the WorkKeys Job Profiling system back in 2008 with over 11,000 certificates issued in that area to date. However, the work-ready community initiative will really step-up the efforts and transform the face of the workforce in northwest Tennessee affording the region an advantage in economic development and recruitment of new businesses and industry. Employers interested in job profiling can read more about the process here: http://www.act.org/workkeys/profiling/index.html.
The cost of the assessment as well as job profiling is funded by a grant from the Delta Regional Authority, resulting in zero costs to jobseekers or employers. The certificate is awarded at four levels based on performance: platinum, gold, silver and bronze.