Having Problems Finding Talent? The WorkKeys Tool Can Help

September 5, 2018

Now more than ever, Michigan businesses need a strong, skilled workforce. Yet with the tight labor market, finding the right talent can be challenging. The WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a standardized tool employers can use to gauge a prospective employee’s work skills. Has your business considered using this tool? 

WorkKeys is a national, standardized job skills assessment system that, by state mandate, is administered to all juniors in our state’s public high schools. The WorkKeys NCRC system is currently supported by 252 companies in Michigan and used to assess a job applicant’s core competencies in applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. These three, key skills have been identified as the foundation for 90% of all jobs today.

The WorkKeys NCRC system sets score levels to signify competency and communicate employability. The goal of the program is to allow employers to better match applicants with jobs they are best suited for. Additionally, employers can identify current employees that are ready for advancement, or those who need more training and specifically in what area.

The WorkKeys NCRC is taking hold across our state and employers are increasingly using this tool and asking job applicants for their NCRC. More information on the certificate and how you can utilize it in your hiring practices is available here. If your company is facing hiring or talent issues, we would urge you to check out this workforce toolkit which shares strategies on employee turnover, increasing hiring effectiveness, finding better applicants and more.  

If you have a talent issue you think the Michigan Chamber can help you with, please contact Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy for the Michigan Chamber, at wblock@michamber.com