Hire the Best. Hire Work Ready Employees.

Work Ready Communities help you match employees to jobs based on verified skill levels.

An ACT Work Ready Community (WRC) is one where the supply of ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) earned by individuals is matched with a demand for the WorkKeys NCRC from employers who either recognize superscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it or recommend superscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it the credential. ACT has developed a methodology for establishing county goals proportionate to a community's size. Once certified, the county can continue to maintain its status, keeping the flow of supply and demand in sync. Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties by learning how the WorkKeys NCRC can help them find the right employee with the proper skill set.

Participating states, regions, and counties offer a suite of WorkKeys assessments and the WorkKeys NCRC that measure an individual's foundational workplace skills such as Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy required for most of today's jobs. The WorkKeys NCRC complements traditional credentials such as a high school diploma, community college degree, and certificate of technical proficiency. Academic credentials mark the fulfillment of an individual’s classroom learning experiences. The WorkKeys NCRC relies on standardized assessments and confirms an individual’s competence in a specific set of workplace skills.

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Your participation in Work Ready Communities benefits your company and uplifts your entire community. By actively participating, you help guide job seekers in your region, providing valuable insights into the skills sought by employers like you. Your involvement also supports educators in equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed. Don't miss the opportunity to make a difference and to be a driving force in shaping a thriving community!

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Case Studies

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics refines its hiring process and develops a talent pipeline.

Image showing Glen Raven Results from Case Study. It reads: Results, 300 positions filled, 98.3% training success rate. Workforce solutions used: WorkKeys, KeyTrain, NCRC, Job Pofiling, ACT Work Ready Communities.

Boeing improves retention while reducing training time.

Image showing Boeing Results. It reads: improved retention, reduced hiring time, reduced training time. Workforce solutions used: WorkKeys, KeyTrain, NCRC, Job profiling, ACT Work Ready Communities.

Additional Case Studies

ACT WorkKeys Videos

Mercedes Sector: Automotive manufacturing Solutions: Quality of hire, screening, career pathway, precision robotics skillset
Eastman Chemical Sector: Chemical additives manufacturing Solutions: Candidate pipeline, job profiling, improving quality of hire, dual enrollment HS-college
Phifer, Inc. Sector: Phifer, Inc Solutions: Turnover reduction, hiring process, screening, WorkKeys curriculum, custom training with community college
Tri County Region/United Tool and Mold Sector: Custom tooling and engineering for plastics industry Solutions: Apprenticeship, job profiling, candidate pipeline, Work Ready Communities
Carthage Water and Electric Sector: Energy and telecommunications Solutions: Improving quality of hire, Talent soft skills assessment, Work Ready Communities, smaller firms without fulltime HR
Daikin America Sector: Polymer/chemical manufacturing Solutions: Candidate pipeline, training improvement and cost reduction, quality of hire, HR process improvement, job profiling
Toray Carbon Fibers Sector: Carbon fiber manufacturing Solutions: Candidate pipeline, quality of hire, reduced training time, improved retention
Newell Coach Sector: Recreational vehicle manufacturing Solutions: Quality of hire, job profiling, screening
Click Bond Sector: Aerospace Solutions: Quality of hire, predictor of success, job candidate pipeline, time and cost savings, employee mobility/career pathway
Martco, LLC Sector: Forestry Solutions: Turnover reduction, test validity, job profiling, curriculum
Huntsville, Alabama Police Department Sector: Public safety Solutions: Quality of hire, screening, reduced training time