Iowa-ACT released a new report today that establishes, for the first time, a definition of work readiness and defines the types and levels of skills needed to succeed in the workplace. As the leader in creating evidence-based solutions designed to document and develop the skills of America's workforce, ACT is working to solve the mismatch in worker skills and employer needs.
In the report, "Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks," ACT articulates the specific factors important for an individual to experience success in the workplace throughout a lifetime. Those factors include:
"ACT developed the first evidence-based definitions of the skills needed to transition from high school to postsecondary education," said Jon Whitmore, chief executive officer of ACT. "Today we are adding to that record by introducing empirically-based standards and benchmarks that define what is needed to transition from both secondary and postsecondary programs to employment. It's all part of our mission to help people achieve education and workplace success."
Melissa Murer Corrigan, interim head of workforce development at ACT, stated, "Standards and benchmarks help provide a common language to improve alignment between educators and employers. Defining work readiness is a key step toward leading a national conversation on the definition of career readiness.
"With ACT's extensive knowledge of skills demanded by employers, combined with new developments for our ACT WorkKeys® system to assess and develop these skills, we are working to help America define work readiness standards and benchmarks as the key to differentiating our workforce and regaining global competitiveness."
The report is available for free download at www.act.org/workreadiness.
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation's leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that help people succeed from kindergarten through career, providing insights that unlock potential. ACT is a leader in workforce solutions, with thousands of detailed job profiles, 1.7 million registered ACT National Career Readiness CertificatesTM issued, and more than 2 million ACT WorkKeys® assessments administered each year. To learn more about ACT, go to www.act.org.