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Kentucky Work-Skills Credential Program
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently announced that the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board have launched a new work-skills credential program in the state. The program is supported by partners in Kentucky's workforce system including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
The goal of the program is to better prepare Kentucky's workforce while assisting employers with finding and hiring qualified workers. The tool is part of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and also includes WorkKeys assessments.
The WorkKeys assessments that make up the NCRC reveal a person’s work-readiness level in the form of a silver, gold or platinum certification. Subjects covered on the three-test battery include applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.
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 certificate can also 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.
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