Oregon now has 10,760 certified, work-ready individuals, thanks to the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), launched by Governor Kitzhaber on January 25, 2011. The certification gives applicants a competitive edge in the job market by providing verification of the skills that critical to job success.
"Aligning the skills of the workforce with the needs of the business community is key to getting Oregonians back to work," said Governor Kitzhaber. "I'm fighting hard every day to get Oregon's economy back on track, employing every tool and pulling every lever available to get us back to work."
Skilled workers are essential to any company's success, regardless of whether they are based in rural communities or urban centers. The foundational skills documented by the NCRC (applied math and reading information) areused in varying degrees in nearly every job so this certificate provides employers with a helpful tool to help them select and hire new employees who already have the required skills.
"The National Career Readiness Certificate is a great tool for assessing current worker skills as well as their future capacity to advance on the job," said Lon Rose, Human Resources Manager for Heinz Frozen Food Company, which provides over 80% of the manufacturing jobs in Malheur County, Oregon.
To earn an NCRC, individuals complete three to four hours of proctored assessments in applied math, reading, and locating information. To date, 378 businesses have added their names to a growing list of those who prefer to recruit job applicants with an NCRC. Employers and Oregonians interested in learning more about the certificate can begin by contacting a local WorkSource Oregon center or visiting www.OregonNCRC.org.