Ready to Work Certification
A systematic approach to recruiting, hiring and retention
Northeast Florida employers express concern about the gaps that exist between the skill sets exhibited by potential workers versus the skill sets required by current and future jobs. In order to address the issue, the State of Florida Department of Education implemented the Florida Ready to Work Initiative in October 2006.
The initiative is designed to address the workforce development needs of employers, jobseekers and students in Florida. The process includes:
- Instruction to remediate the workplace skill gaps
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UF Shands Jacksonville Medical Center implemented the Florida Ready to Work Assessments to improve employee satisfaction and patient care.
Job Seeker Assessment
Using an assessment tool, the program measures a job seeker's job skills to provide employers with a consistent standard of the job skills an individual possesses. Job seekers who move through Ready to Work and become "work ready" can prove their workplace skills to potential employers with the Florida Ready to Work Credential.
The Ready to Work assessments focus on:
- Applied mathematics
- Reading for information
- Locating information
The assessment process is proctored, and these three areas test the work skills required for more than 85 percent of all jobs today.
Become a Florida Ready to Work Employer
Businesses are using Florida Ready to Work for:
- Internal career opportunities
- Incumbent employee training and development
- Training program alignment
- Succession planning and career laddering
- Outplacement programs/rapid response
Companies can expect:
- Recruiting efficiency by qualifying applicant pools
- Reduced employee time to competency
- Improved training programs by aligning curricula
Return on investment:
- Reduced turnover
- Improved employee productivity
- Reduction in waste and improved quality
Community colleges, secondary schools, workforce education programs, the Department of Juvenile Justice, regional workforce boards such as CareerSource, and many other partners have joined the initiative.
Become a Ready to Work Employer
For more information regarding Florida Ready to Work assessment, contact Melissa Terbreuggen.