Sangamon County, via The Chamber’s Q5 Workforce and Education Council, is working to become the first county in Illinois to be a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). “Work Ready Sangamon” has achieved 77 percent of its goals and has 26 businesses supporting the initiative. Additional companies are asked to show their support and can do so by CLICKING HERE.
Employers that recognize this certification from applicants can use its ranking to assess an individual’s chance for success within their organization. The certification will help businesses hire the most qualified people for opportunities within their organization, which leads to lower turnover and employment costs.
Counties participating in the CWRC program work to have their emerging, unemployed and current workers take a series of tests to obtain an employability certificate, also called the NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate). This certificate demonstrates skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and mathematical reasoning, all of which are in demand by employers. Individuals will be certified as bronze, silver, gold or platinum based on their performance on the tests, and the certificate they receive guarantees their skills and is transferrable anywhere in the United States. Lincoln Land Community College provides the online assessments that test an individual’s knowledge in these areas.
ACT, known for college entrance exams, is the organization that provides this certification. Sangamon County was one of eight counties selected in the U.S. this past year to achieve this recognition, which shows Sangamon County has a system in place to align its workforce with business employment needs.
The NCRC also helps validate the quality of a community’s workforce to help attract and retain companies, as well as reveal areas where improvements are necessary. Companies wishing to support and recognize this initiative should contact Sarah Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 525-1173.
Being a Certified Work Ready Community will position Sangamon County to be a leader in the state, engaging area business, education and economic development leaders to work together toward the shared goal of creating jobs and growing the economy.