Certified Work Ready Community
The goal of the Certified Work Ready Communities Initiative (CWRC) is to elevate our workforce into our number one competitive advantage. By ensuring our workers have the best skills and training, we can guarantee businesses we have the talent they need to succeed now and in the future.
Wayne County became the first county to receive the “Work Ready Community” designation by NC’s Eastern Region on February 19, 2013. In September 2014, Wayne County became the first county in NC to reach 100% of its goals toward being a nationally recognized Certified Work Ready Community. This designation means that the county has committed to develop and implement strategies that will improve the skills and marketability of our workforce and ultimately lead to economic growth. In order to achieve Certified Work Ready Community status, a county must meet or exceed the following four criteria:
1) Stakeholder commitment to workforce excellence by county leaders.
2) An increase in the high school graduation rate, with a minimum qualifying rate of 75% and annual progress.
3) Annual increase in the number of National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) awarded yearly in each labor force category: emerging, current and transitioning toward an overall goal of 25%.
4) Employer committment to excellence in workforce by registering support of NCRC through written notification that companies prefer or require the NCRC for recruitment and hiring.
Employer commitment is crucial to the CWRC effort. Companies may get involved by calling Wayne Business & Industry Center to learn more about NCRC and how they may support the CWRC Initiative and gain access to a more highly qualified workforce. (Wayne Business & Industry Center’s Career Readiness Center 919-739-7004 or 7005.)