The Drake State Office of Workforce Development offers the state-certified Ready to Work program to provide workplace environment training that helps participants develop the skills necessary for successful employment.
Participants who complete the program earn two certificates: the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and the Alabama Certified Worker Certificate (ACWC). These certificates document specific skills and aptitudes and give job seekers an advantage over the competition.
The NCRC is earned by scoring a minimum level 3 on three WorkKeys assessments that test the skills required for more than 85 percent of all jobs. WorkKeys is a national online assessment series developed by the American College Testing Program, Inc. (ACT) to document and improve workplace skills and measure skills that employers believe are critical to job success. More information is available at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services.html.
Applied Mathematics - Measures workplace mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to multiple math functions like calculating percentage discounts and markups.
Reading for Information - Measures reading comprehension and reasoning skills found in written text on the job including memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies and regulations.
Locating Information - Measures comprehension and application of workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.
The ACWC is issued by AIDT and certifies that a job seeker has the right attitude and the initiative for the job. Requirements for successful certification include:
More information at https://alabamareadytowork.org.
Whether seeking employment, preparing for a better job, or preparing for future training, the next step is to register for the Ready to Work program.
Click on the documents below for details and applications.