Hiring and recruitment are full of unknowns. More than ever, businesses want to make certain current and potential employees have the basic work skills necessary to successfully perform key job duties. In the Greater Richmond region, dozens of employers connect the right person for the right job using the results of the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). As part of its mission to benefit economic development and workforce needs in Central Virginia, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers individuals and companies these assessments of workplace skills.
The CRC is a widely-accepted acknowledgement of fundamental work readiness based on the WorkKeys® Assessments. Developed by ACT, an international leader in assessments, research, and solutions in education and workforce development, the CRC assessment is administered in three 45-minute tests – one for each of the core competency areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. Based on the level of success, Bronze, Silver or Gold certificates are awarded.
“I have been very pleased with the WorkKeys® system as a pre-employment tool,” said M. Marshall, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. “This system allows us to test ‘real world’ skills that are critical to success in each of our positions. The program has really helped us to take the guess work’ out of assessing someone’s ability to perform the needed job. We know coming in the door, they have the necessary skills needed for success.”
Having a recognized certification can demonstrate to employers a candidate’s commitment and potential. Employers are shifting away from relying solely on the resume and application to provide an overview of a candidate’s background skills, knowledge and experience.
Test-taking not at the top of your bucket list? CCWA also provides extended support in advance. Vladimir Ginzburg, a recent CRC earner, commented, “The CCWA staff was helpful and flexible with my schedule. They provided online training to help me prepare for the tests.”
Employers and candidates share the value of the investment. Following the exams, Ginzburg reflected on the immediate results. “They quickly communicated my test scores to my potential employer and I was promptly offered the job I was seeking.”
In the last 12 months, CCWA has awarded 1,960 certificates.
Individuals can visit the Chester location for weekly Walk-in Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. or contact CCWA to schedule an appointment for a convenient time at any CCWA location. Employers can contact CCWA to schedule tests for candidates or incumbent workers. To find out more about the CRC and CRC WorkKeys Assessment, visit ccwatraining.org/crc/.
Authored by: Ewa Reedy, CCWA Assessment Support, Community College Workforce Alliance