Why is NCRC Important to Employers?

Connecting employers to a skilled workforce

Rapid global advances in industry and technology increase the pace of change facing Washington employers. The challenge and the opportunity are the same – to build and maintain a skilled workforce that can readily adapt to market demands.

To do so, Washington employers need an objective method to measure and document essential skills related to employment.

As an employer, you know the importance of hiring the right person. You want to start by drawing from a pool of qualified applicants with assurance that they will have the skills needed for successful job performance. After all, the success of your organization hinges on the strength of your workforce.

As a Tool for Hiring and Promotion

The NCRC can be used by business and industry to:

  • Assure new hires will have the foundational skills required to quickly learn job-specific skills
  • Reduce training costs
  • Help identify skill gaps and training needs
  • Help identify great candidates for promotion opportunities among your current workforce

Ask your applicants to earn the NCRC. It’s that simple. Once you do, you’ll be on your way to finding qualified applicants for your job openings.The NCRC can also be used as a “plus” factor to help you make more informed decisions when promoting employees.

This credential is used across all sectors of the economy and verifies the following cognitive skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading and using work-related text
  • Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems
  • Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
  • Setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations
  • Locating, synthesizing, and applying information that is presented graphically
  • Comparing, summarizing, and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics

Take that first important step toward certifying your workforce by asking for the NCRC.

Four Steps to Faster Implementation

Once you have decided to use the NCRC at your organization, follow these four steps for a faster, more effective implementation.

1. Prepare

  • Learn to explain the program to others with clear, consistent statements
  • Get the appropriate people at your company involved including executive level, human resource staff and hiring managers

2. Plan

  • Decide how your company will use the NCRC
  • Recommend for some or all positions
  • Use for hiring and/or promoting
  • Assign tasks to appropriate team members
  • Review key steps and prepare to implement

3. Launch

  • Communicate with internal and external audiences
  • Train internal stakeholders who will work with the program
  • Integrate the credential into job postings and descriptions: “We recommend a National Career Readiness Certificate for all applicants to this position”

4. Build

Businesses cannot require that an individual applying for an open position have a specific WorkKeys score for the three basic assessments unless a job profile has been conducted that outlines the necessary skills needed for a specific position. Businesses could be subject to EEOC and other employment laws if this is misrepresented.




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