Mesa County became the first county in the state of Colorado to be certified a Work Ready Community by utilizing the Work Keys Assessment tool to determine the skill levels of our emerging and transitioning workforce along with our unemployed. This certification needs to be reapplied for every two years and we now need employers to affirm or reaffirm that they are aware of the tool and may use it in their screening processes. It literally takes thirty seconds and the form is available online at https://www.workreadycommunities.org/business/form.
As noted by Curtis Englehart, Mesa County Workforce Center Director, “Your participation and affirming or reaffirming your support in the ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative (WRC) benefits not just your company, but your entire community. ACT WRC is helping job seekers in your area understand what skills employers like you are looking for and it helps local educators prepare students for success.”
If your business recognizes the value of the Work Keys Assessment tool in Mesa County’s effort to be a Work Ready Community it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use the results including the National Career Readiness Certification in your hiring process, but it does give your business the opportunity to utilize unique hiring tools that have been proven to reduce turnover and onboarding costs. It also demonstrates your company’s support for Mesa County’s efforts in objectively identifying our skilled workforce. For more information please contact: Curtis Englehart – WFC Director – Curtis.firstname.lastname@example.org