ACT is leading a national effort to build a community-based workforce development framework to drive economic growth.
The framework will link education and workforce development, align workforce development to industry needs, and match individual skills with employer requirements. ACT has established the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board to assist with development and implementation of the framework. Specific goals include building partnerships through which:
The time is right to create this independent advisory board, said Martin Scaglione, president, ACT Workforce Development Division. Decades of research by ACT and others reinforce the need to improve and validate the skills of our current and prospective workforce. Its time to take definitive action to begin closing the gap between skill demand and supply. The advisory board will do just that, in part by providing essential guidance and oversight to the ACT Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative.
The CWRC initiative offers states a community-based approach to developing their workforce pipelines to provide skilled workers. Four states—Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, and South Carolina—are participating in ACTs first CWRC Academy, a 12-month executive training program to guide state leadership teams through successful start-up and deployment of a statewide CWRC initiative based on the National Career Readiness Certificate. The academys first session was held in February in Atlanta.
Communities in these four states can earn CWRC status by encouraging individuals to earn National Career Readiness Certificates, improving or maintaining high school graduation rates, and building business recognition and support of the initiative. States must apply to participate in the CWRC initiative. ACT will accept the next round of applications this summer.
Johnsonville Sausage faced a problem common to many employers these days: many job applicants but few qualified workers. The Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin-based company turned to ACTs WorkKeys® and National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to help it find and keep the best people for hourly factory positions.
We would advertise a job and get 100 applicants, and there was no way we could interview all of them. We needed a tool that measures aptitude, has been proven to work, and would help us bring the right people on board, said John Schwantes, director of Plant Member Services at Johnsonville Sausage.
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