The program was designed to help improve America's workforce using evidence-based selection tools that will benefit thousands of employers and tens of thousands of individuals.
Tomorrow’s Workforce Now will help communities build a skilled workforce and help employers secure a pipeline of talent for the future. The program, introduced by ACT, Inc. and supported by a growing coalition of community colleges across the nation, uses the evidence-based National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Plus to demonstrate the power of certified foundational skills in predicting job performance.
ACT will work with community college partners (or other regional conveners) to organize groups of employers who will have the opportunity to use the NCRC Plus—at no cost—to assess up to 20 individuals per employer.
Tomorrow’s Workforce Now is being launched with the support of the American Association of Community Colleges, California Community Colleges, and many individual community colleges across the nation.
The initiative will require strong leadership and organization at the local level. A growing number of community colleges across the nation have already committed to such leadership roles in implementing the program. Community colleges will work with other local partners including businesses, workforce agencies, and economic development agencies to help build communities equipped to create and compete for high-quality jobs and careers.
Our country faces high unemployment. At the same time, employers struggle to find the right people for unfilled jobs, largely because:
Organizations across the nation are working to remedy this by designing career pathways, work-ready communities, workforce training, and statewide career readiness programs to address the skill needs of employers and individuals. ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) and NCRC Plus are aligned to these needs. They are used at the front end of a diverse array of career pathways programs, in workforce education and training, and at the heart of work ready communities and state programs to certify foundational workplace skills—skills essential for all jobs.
Tomorrow’s Workforce Now supports all of these efforts while helping communities bring key stakeholders together to create a skilled community or regional workforce.
Tomorrow’s Workforce Now will assist thousands of employers in their efforts to identify and develop their talent supply chain: incumbent workers and applicants. Additionally, tens of thousands of individuals will be able to analyze, assess, and certify essential job skills that are required by the 21st century workplace.
Benefits for individuals:
At a time when our nation—individuals, families, businesses, and communities—needs it most, Tomorrow’s Workforce Now will:
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Applicants will be regional or community groups convened by a local champion, such as a community college. Groups will consist of employers, the community college, and/or other local partners. The community college, or other group champion, would very likely start the application process.
Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. Applicants are encouraged to begin organizing right away. The first implementations will begin in July 2012.
Regions and regional groups are not defined by specific numbers. The goal is to create a group within a reasonably-sized labor shed area. This area may be a single community, or it may be a larger region.
Special circumstances will be considered.
Requirements are designed to maximize the program’s benefits to a region or community. If you have special circumstances, please describe them in your application. If you would like to discuss circumstances before you apply, please contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-967-5539.
Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. The first implementations will begin in July 2012. Groups will be asked to complete assessments within 180 days of their start date.
Although the preferred number is 20, numbers within a reasonable range will be considered.
Yes. Providing the opportunity to use and understand the NCRC Plus at no cost is meant to engage employers who otherwise would not be involved – but the larger goal is to engage an entire community or region. We see an important role for active users of the products as advocates of the program. Such participation will be in addition to the 20 employers not actively using the products.
All assessments should be completed within 180 days of delivery of your program materials.
Yes. Please contact us at email@example.com or 1-800-967-5539 and we will arrange for a representative to get in touch with you.
All assessments will be Internet-based and proctored.
Three of the assessments take approximately 55 minutes each. The fourth takes 30 to 35 minutes.
The purpose of the WorkKeys® Supervisor Survey is to provide validity evidence for the WorkKeys portfolio of solutions. Supervisors assess job incumbents’ performance and other important on-the-job behaviors that are then linked to the WorkKeys assessments. The survey is typically administered after employees have been on the job for at least six weeks. It takes supervisors roughly 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey for each employee. Survey scale scores provide information that is critical for validating the use of assessments for personnel selection and organizational research.
Employer case studies can be viewed here: http://act.org/workforce/case