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Work Keys matches employers and applicants

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - There's a program that's making both finding a job and hiring an employee a little simpler. 


Companies like Gilchrist Construction are now using "Work Keys," an assessment test for job candidates. 

"We found it was really the only assessment that links job skills to workforce success," said Valerie Aymond, the chief resource officer at Gilchrist. 

This nationally recognized exam tests three skills: reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information. If you score high enough, you receive a National Career Ready Certificate (NCRC)--and maybe a job at Gilchrist.

"We saw an immediate result in the hiring process," Aymond said. "That we weren't churning through as many."

The Cenla Chamber of Commerce is working to get more companies to use Work Keys. They say, it's good for the employer and employee.

"It's not just testing a skill set that that person has at that time," said Chamber President Deborah Randolph. "It evaluates the skills that can be developed within that person."

Plus, there could be a third winner: the local economy. Both Rapides and Avoyelles parishes are just a few participants away from being designated "work-ready communities."

"It's going to be a marketing tool for us when we're talking to new businesses and industry," Randolph said.
 
The Orchard Foundation is another driving force for Work Keys, and they say, it's a change for good.

"You're asking them [employers] to consider something different," said Marjorie Taylor, executive director of the Orchard Foundation. "But it is something that will save them time and money in the long run."

You can take the test for free, and signing up to be a work ready company is simple too. Just click here for more information. 

 

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