Work Ready Community
The goal of the WorkReady Communities Initiative is to elevate our region’s 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. 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 be certified as a Work Ready Community, a county must meet each of the following four criteria:
1) Stakeholder commitment to workforce excellence by county leaders.
2) An increase in the high school graduation rate of 1% per year,
with a minimum qualifying rate of 70% and annual progress toward the goal of 80%.
3) 2% increase in the number of Career Readiness Certificates issued each year
to the total labor force with a minimum rate of 5% and annual progress toward a goal of 25%.
4) 10 of the top 20 largestemployers committed to excellence in workforce
by written notification that they prefer or require the Career Readiness Certificate for
recruitment and hiring.
Employer commitment is crucial to the WRC effort. Companies may get involved by calling Wayne Business & Industry Center to learn more about CRC and how they can become a CRC-preferred company. By committing to the initiative, employers gain access to a more highly qualified workforce and free job posting on the NC Work Ready job portal to connect with local talent.
Job seekers earning a CRC have access to NC Work Ready’s job portal to view job postings and connect with employers looking for applicants with their skills and abilities.
Call Wayne Business & Industry Center’s Career Readiness Center for more information 919-739-7004 or 7005.
Find more information at www.ncworkready.org.