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Monday, 22 September 2014 16:41

Talent 2025 launches Michigan Work Ready Community Initiative to provide businesses information on local workforce

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West Michigan talent development organization Talent 2025 Inc. along with Gov. Rick Snyder announced today the launch of the Michigan Work Ready Community Initiative (MiWRC).

The MiWRC creates a framework for employers to quickly gauge the status of a county’s workforce through the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and WorkKeys tests. The employability of a county’s workforce is categorized in one of four levels depending on the employees’ scores on the WorkKeys tests.

The initiative will also encourage companies to hire talent from NCRC-certified communities.

“This program is the right move for our state,” Snyder said in a statement. “It provides a universal system of assessing workers’ skills and abilities for employers, as well as promoting workers’ development and improvement.”

The announcement took place during a news conference at the Gentex Corp. corporate headquarters in Zeeland. Gentex manufactures rearview mirrors and driver assistance systems for the automotive industry.

For local manufacturers such as Gentex, this initiative adds another component to their talent attraction strategy, said Fred Bauer, the company’s chairman and CEO. Despite an increasing climate for sourcing technical employees in the region, the company has a wide range when finding the skilled workers they need.

“This is one of the tools that our people have found useful and they have tracked it back and found the score was validated (in our workforce),” Bauer told MiBiz. “I think the whole idea of coordinating education better with the working climate is a very useful thing.”


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