Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mesa County Workforce Center Highlights Being A Work Ready Community

During September the Mesa County Workforce Center is highlighting their efforts to make Mesa County a Work Ready Community (WRC) http://workreadycommunities.org/

Since becoming a WRC Mesa County is finding and filling skill gaps and quantifying the skill level of the valley’s workforce. The Mesa County Workforce Center is achieving this through the use of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) which offers to:
  • Help employers attract only qualified applicants for their open positions
  • Reduce the cost of onboarding new employees, while reducing turnover
  • Create career pathways to help inform students of growing industries
  • Identify Mesa County’s skilled labor force and market that to new potential employers
  • Help shrink Mesa County’s skills gaps
  • Allows Mesa County job seekers the ability to use the NCRC as a stackable credential in most industries
Being a Work Ready Community makes Mesa County even more attractive to businesses looking to relocate. Having an available, trained and ready workforce demonstrates that Mesa County is taking economic development seriously.” states Commissioner Scott McInnis.

The Mesa County Workforce Center has been preparing the business community through job profiling, which links job tasks with the NCRC by pinpointing benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement, and training. Once the profile is completed, it is owned by the employer and is legally backed by ACT, a huge benefit for businesses when dealing with future hiring requirements.  


According to Mesa County Workforce Director, John Flanagan, “The Work Ready Communities program has been implemented in other states.  Mesa County has been the first to launch the program in Colorado, Flanagan says. “Mesa County is definitely the leader in this effort.”

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