Frequently onboarding new employees is inefficient and expensive. Investing in your own workforce is the easiest and most cost effective way to grow your business.
How skills assessments benefit your business
Using our job skills assessments, you can determine which employees are right for which positions, what skills are still needed and what training programs will be best for each individual. Our assessment tools
- are available at no cost to employers
- connect you to our pipeline of skilled workers
- help you avoid costly hiring mistakes
Identifying skills first
There are several tools businesses can use to help identify and increase their employees' skills. Below are 2 that the Center for Workforce Solutions uses to help businesses increase employee skills, knowledge and job satisfaction.
Job Skills Training Program (JSTP)
The Job Skills Training Program (JSTP) has developed a comprehensive approach to job skills training and job placement for individuals with barriers to employment.
JSTP partners work with social service and community agencies, the business community and industry sectors to provide case management, job internships, workforce readiness training and job follow-up.
JSTP program features:
- Employer assistance in developing job-related curriculum
- Workforce readiness training
- Intensive individual and group support
- Classroom training simulates work environment
- All programs include internships
- 12-month post-employment follow-up
Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)
The Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)* are portable credentials that certify workplace employability skills and the potential for education/training.
Individuals can earn the CRC by taking the 3 Core WorkKeys assessments in applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information.
These assessments measure real-world skills that employers believe are critical to job success, and questions are based on everyday situations found in the work environment.
Individuals who earn a CRC will be awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold level based upon their scores. The Bronze, Silver, and Gold CRC levels correspond to job listings on O*NET (Occupational Information Network).
For employers, the CRC can help determine where employees need to enhance skills, where they are proficient and the positions in which they will most likely succeed.
For a list of employers who recognize the CRC, visit the Virginia CRC website.
Associate Vice President for Grants and Sponsored Programs