What is Georgia Work Ready?
Georgia Work Ready was launched in August 2006 by Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce and drive future economic growth for the state. This initiative ensures that companies can more reliably match the right people with the right jobs. Work Ready is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of business and the available skills of Georgia's workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs.
Benefits of Work Ready
Earning a Work Ready Certificate can be your ticket to the job you've always wanted. The certificate verifies your work readiness skill level to potential employers and demonstrates your commitment to success. If you want to improve your skills, Georgia also offers free and easy-to-access training programs. All of this adds up to a competitive advantage, better job opportunities, and a brighter future.
How to Get Certified
The Work Ready assessment measures both core skills and work habits. Core skills assessments measure skills in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information, three skills that are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace. The work habits assessment measures work-related attitudes and behaviors in areas that are trainable and coachable, such as carefulness, cooperation, discipline and drive. Click here for assessment times.
What Does Georgia Work Ready Mean for Businesses?
Georgia Work Ready can help you hire the best people and boost your bottom line. It's available at no cost for companies meeting minimum hiring requirements and is easy to access through the state's network of technical colleges. Georgia companies can implement Work Ready two ways- through job profiling and Work Ready Certificates. Work Ready job profiles identify the job tasks and skill levels necessary to be successful in any job. Companies match those profiles to employees' Work Ready Certificates- which measure core skills- to ensure the right person is placed in the right job every time. In fact, a recent survey among companies that are using Work Ready found that 90 percent would recommend the initiative to others and 78 percent said that Work Ready helps the "find higher quality employees."
How do I complete a job profile?
To create a Georgia Work Ready job profile, employers should contact the certified job profiler at their local technical college of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development's business development representative. The Work Ready job profile is created through a five-step process:
1.) Creating of an initial task list: Companies provide their local profiler with a contact person to work with throughout the process, along with background information about the job to be profiled and a tour of the job site. The profiler then works with the company contact to develop a comprehensive task list for each job to be profiled.
2.) Task Analysis: The profiler meets with company subject matter experts (SME's)- incumbent workers in the job being studied- who review and revise the list of job tasks to ensure the list accurately reflects the job.
3.) Skill analysis: Profiles review Work Ready skills with SME's, who then determine which skills that are necessary for entry into the job and effective performance on the job. The task and skill analysis requires a time commitment of approximately 8 to 10 hours by the SME's.
4.) Documentation: Finally, profiles document the results in a customized Job Profile Report, which contains a list of the tasks most critical to job performance and correlating information on the Work Ready skills and skill level requirements.
5.) Hiring: Work Ready job profiles are EEO-compliant. Once the profile is completed, employers gain a valuable tool to start matching candidates to their job openings and ensure they have the best talent for the job.