St. Francois County is a Certified Work Ready Community, having participated in a national pilot program to measure and certify the community’s work-readiness.
Goals of the Program Include:
- Increase the number of employees and future employees who obtain the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and
- Increase the number of businesses who list the NCRC as a preferred criterion in job announcements.
What is the NCRC?The NCRC is a national standardized test created by ACT, a company known for its college placement testing, which allows certificate holders to show their competencies in the areas of reading, math and ability to obtain information.
Job candidates can use their certification to show prospective employers that they have the skills to succeed in a job, and at the same time help employers have an additional screening method to make the hiring process easier and more effective. Specifically, NCRC holders show competency in:
- Ability to locate information
Partners from the Missouri Career Center and Mineral Area College are currently providing prospective employees this testing.
What does it mean if I sign up?1 By completing an online sign-up form acknowledging that you will give consideration to employee candidates who hold the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), you not only make your hiring process easier and more effective, you also will help us achieve our goal of earning the “Work Ready Community” designation for St. Francois County. 2 Specifically, employers are asked to list possession of a National Career Readiness Certificate as a preferred qualification* on hiring announcements and descriptions. When an employee applies for the position, they can indicate they hold the NCRC and at what level.
Doing so, employers who do their own hiring may find value in being able to compare candidates on a nationally standardized scale in areas that are important to success in the position.
That’s it. There is no additional long-term commitment.
*Employers should list “NCRC Certification” in the preferred criteria for a position. It may only be listed as a required criteria in a position announcement if additional steps have been taken.