What is the National Work Readiness Credential? INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM <ul><li>A national, porta...
NWRC Business and Development Partners  <ul><li>Business Partners: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Institute for Litera...
National Business Partners <ul><li>Dollar General </li></ul><ul><li>CVS </li></ul><ul><li>Toyota </li></ul><ul><li>Family ...
NWRC- Local MN Business Partners <ul><li>Minnesota has over 150 businesses across the state who have either endorsed the N...
Advantages of the NWRC <ul><li>Created through a public-private partnership; built to specifications of the business. </li...
Business Benefits <ul><li>Give preference to candidates in an applicant pool </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce costs due to high tu...
National NWRC States <ul><li>There are 25 NWRC states. Those include:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>California </li></ul></ul><ul...
New York State Model <ul><li>What has NY done with the NWRC? </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
<ul><li>Spring 2007—Test preparation began in St. Paul </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2007—Pilot program began </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Minnesota Pilot Cont. <ul><li>In Fall 2009, six new NWRC sites were created: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Willmar </li></ul></ul>...
Minnesota Examples of NWRC Implementation INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
NWRC: A Common Foundation for Employability <ul><li>AA, BA Degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational  </li></ul><ul><li>Certi...
Equipped for the Future:  Standards for Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS....
The Need for a Credential INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
Business Defines the Skills Gap <ul><li>Skill deficiencies in current employee applicants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>55% inadeq...
Workforce Investment System <ul><li>Education & training programs are not aligned with labor market needs.  </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>The Assessment  </li></ul>
NWRC <ul><li>First nationally valid work readiness credential that addresses the full range of knowledge and skills critic...
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM NWRC <ul><li>Uses real world scenario modules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Situ...
<ul><li>Online  </li></ul><ul><li>Independent study </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Average prep time—18 to ...
NWRC Online Prep Course INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
The new NWRC Course INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
Prepare for a Career & NWRC INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
NWRC Units INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
NWRC Math <ul><li>You manage a coffee shop.  Your goal is to sell 300 cups of coffee each 10-hour day.  About how many cup...
NWRC Reading <ul><li>1.  What could happen if an employee refuses to recycle? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a. Employees could be ...
NWRC Situational Judgment <ul><li>The bus that you take to work has been arriving late for the last few days. Today your b...
Assessment Modules <ul><li>Reading Workplace Documents: 45 min. </li></ul><ul><li>Math Skills for Work: 45 min. </li></ul>...
NWRC Accessibility and Accommodations <ul><li>Currently working with a visually impaired Chief Technology employee in Minn...
<ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 modules  $65  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retakes   $15-25 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test...
Online NWRC Prep Course <ul><li>Located at http://online.themlc.org </li></ul><ul><li>Participants create a username & pas...
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM National Resources & Research www.workreadiness.com [email_address] Test ...
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  1. 2. What is the National Work Readiness Credential? INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM <ul><li>A national, portable credential that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>defines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>measures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>certifies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>jobseekers have the knowledge, skills, </li></ul><ul><li>and abilities they need to succeed </li></ul><ul><li>in entry-level work in the workplace. </li></ul>
  2. 3. NWRC Business and Development Partners <ul><li>Business Partners: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Institute for Literacy, National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation. </li></ul><ul><li>Development Partners: Florida, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, the District of Columbia, and JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement). </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  3. 4. National Business Partners <ul><li>Dollar General </li></ul><ul><li>CVS </li></ul><ul><li>Toyota </li></ul><ul><li>Family Dollar </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  4. 5. NWRC- Local MN Business Partners <ul><li>Minnesota has over 150 businesses across the state who have either endorsed the NWRC or who have agreed to interview NWRC candidates: </li></ul><ul><li>Midwest Coca Cola </li></ul><ul><li>3M </li></ul><ul><li>AgStar Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Daves </li></ul><ul><li>Best Buy </li></ul><ul><li>Cargill </li></ul><ul><li>Cub Foods </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  5. 6. Advantages of the NWRC <ul><li>Created through a public-private partnership; built to specifications of the business. </li></ul><ul><li>Rigor of design and process ensures the assessment is valid, reliable, and legally defensible. </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment supports alignment of all parts of the workforce investment system. </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  6. 7. Business Benefits <ul><li>Give preference to candidates in an applicant pool </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce costs due to high turn over </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize training costs </li></ul><ul><li>Improve productivity </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  7. 8. National NWRC States <ul><li>There are 25 NWRC states. Those include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>California </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illinois </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ohio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indiana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kentucky </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Massachusetts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New York </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oregon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhode Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Texas </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  8. 9. New York State Model <ul><li>What has NY done with the NWRC? </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  9. 10. <ul><li>Spring 2007—Test preparation began in St. Paul </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2007—Pilot program began </li></ul><ul><li>Sites include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrowhead (Hibbing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mankato </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minneapolis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Paul </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South St. Paul/West St. Paul/Inver Grove Heights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winona </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willmar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bemidji </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lakeville </li></ul></ul>Minnesota Pilot INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  10. 11. Minnesota Pilot Cont. <ul><li>In Fall 2009, six new NWRC sites were created: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Willmar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hutchinson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Litchfield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ridgewater Academic Support Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ridgewater Academic Occupational Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Cloud </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  11. 12. Minnesota Examples of NWRC Implementation INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  12. 13. NWRC: A Common Foundation for Employability <ul><li>AA, BA Degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational </li></ul><ul><li>Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>National Work Readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Credential </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM National Work Readiness Credential
  13. 14. Equipped for the Future: Standards for Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  14. 15. The Need for a Credential INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  15. 16. Business Defines the Skills Gap <ul><li>Skill deficiencies in current employee applicants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>55% inadequate basic employability skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>51% inadequate math/science skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>38% inadequate reading skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills that employees will need in the next three years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>53% strong basic employability skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>51% reading, writing, and communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47% ability to work in a team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>39% math skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- National Association of Manufacturers. (2005). 2005 Skills Gap Report: A Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce. </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  16. 17. Workforce Investment System <ul><li>Education & training programs are not aligned with labor market needs. </li></ul><ul><li>No agreement on what it is important for students to know. </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM A direct link to labor market entry. A common standard of success means programs focus on what’s important. National Work Readiness Credential
  17. 18. <ul><li>The Assessment </li></ul>
  18. 19. NWRC <ul><li>First nationally valid work readiness credential that addresses the full range of knowledge and skills critical to competent entry level work. </li></ul><ul><li>The prep course facilitates both instruction and learning. </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  19. 20. INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM NWRC <ul><li>Uses real world scenario modules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Situational judgment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active Listening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading Workplace Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math Skills for Work </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Independent study </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Average prep time—18 to 26 hours of study </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM NWRC Curriculum
  21. 22. NWRC Online Prep Course INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  22. 23. The new NWRC Course INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  23. 24. Prepare for a Career & NWRC INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  24. 25. NWRC Units INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  25. 26. NWRC Math <ul><li>You manage a coffee shop.  Your goal is to sell 300 cups of coffee each 10-hour day.  About how many cups should you try to sell in 2 1/2 hours? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a. 120 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. 180 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. 75 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d. 100 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You cut a 24 foot board into 1 1/2 foot pieces.  How many pieces do you get? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a. 12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. 16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. 36 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d. 14 </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  26. 27. NWRC Reading <ul><li>1.  What could happen if an employee refuses to recycle? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a. Employees could be fired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. Employees will get a promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. Employees can choose to recycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d. Nothing. Recycling is optional </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  27. 28. NWRC Situational Judgment <ul><li>The bus that you take to work has been arriving late for the last few days. Today your boss noticed that you got to work 15 minutes late. </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM Best Worst   a. Wait until the next day and ask the bus driver why he has been late.   b. Quit your job; it's too hard to get there.   c. Find a bus schedule and start to take the earlier bus.   d. Just keep taking the same bus, maybe it will start running on time again.
  28. 29. Assessment Modules <ul><li>Reading Workplace Documents: 45 min. </li></ul><ul><li>Math Skills for Work: 45 min. </li></ul><ul><li>Active Listening Test: 30 min. </li></ul><ul><li>Situational Judgment Test: 60 min. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperate with Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resolve Conflict and Negotiate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe Critically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solve Problems and Make Decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take Responsibility for Learning </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  29. 30. NWRC Accessibility and Accommodations <ul><li>Currently working with a visually impaired Chief Technology employee in Minnesota. </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  30. 31. <ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 modules $65 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retakes $15-25 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average test time—3 hours </li></ul></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM NWRC Testing
  31. 32. Online NWRC Prep Course <ul><li>Located at http://online.themlc.org </li></ul><ul><li>Participants create a username & password to access course </li></ul><ul><li>Self-paced, open access </li></ul><ul><li>All participant activity is logged; teachers can view activity reports </li></ul>INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM
  32. 33. INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM: WWW.WORKREADINESS.COM National Resources & Research www.workreadiness.com [email_address] Test Information and Demonstration www.castleworldwide.com/nwrc

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