Kentucky employers now have access to new hiring tool

Kentucky employers now have a new human resource decision-making tool. The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a work-related skills credential that will help ensure job seekers are work-ready for certain types of jobs by the level of certificate they obtain.

“Now more than ever, Kentucky businesses need a strong, skilled workforce to overcome today’s challenges,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “By taking the guesswork out of hiring, this certificate will serve as a valuable tool for Kentucky employers in making employment and training decisions.”

Because of its value to the business community, Kentucky’s Office of Employment Training has partnered with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on the NCRC. Each certificate earned is signed by Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

“We believe this will be a very useful tool in helping companies across the Commonwealth select the most qualified employees for their workforce,” said Adkisson. “We’re proud to partner with the Office of Employment Training on this initiative.”

Kentuckians looking to improve their work-readiness or advance at work, including high school juniors and seniors, can take the three WorkKeys assessments at more than 100 sites across Kentucky. Businesses can boost their bottom line by giving interview preference to prospective employees who have an NCRC or by requiring a certain level of NCRC for employment. By requiring a certain level of NCRC to apply for available jobs, employers can be more confident the person they select is a good fit.

NCRC is a division of ACT, the college-readiness test given in Kentucky and other states. For more information, go to  
If your company is a member of the Kentucky Chamber and is using the NCRC, we’d love to hear about your results for an upcoming feature in Kentucky Chamber News. Contact Jessica Fletcher to share your story. 

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