POTEAU–Bremner Food Group of Poteau joins a growing number of businesses statewide that are recognized as Oklahoma Career Readiness Employer Partners.
These companies know that matching the right employee to the right job at the right time creates a healthy workplace and positive economic impact on the community and the state.
Employer Partners “recognize,” “request” or “require” the WorkKeys® assessments and Career Readiness Certificate as a valued employee credential. Certification of workplace skills is of critical importance to employers as they seek to improve talent supply-chains.
Job seeker and incumbent worker testing and employer job profiling has been made accessible statewide through a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.
Charley Hayes, Industrial Coordinator at Kiamichi Technology Centers in Poteau, Oklahoma stated, “I see firsthand how utilizing this valuable tool has improved not only employer satisfaction but the employee as well.”
Jeff Hollis, Director of Operations for Bremner Food Group in Poteau, Oklahoma added, “The WorkKeys Assessment is a nationally validated test that not only assists the company in placement of candidates but also assists the potential employees in the area of career readiness. The CRC program has been extremely beneficial to the BFG operation here in Poteau, and we are proud to be an Oklahoma Career Readiness Partner.”
In addition to the more than 100 of Oklahoma Employer Partners, since 2006, more than 58,000 Oklahoma high school students and adults have taken the WorkKeys assessments. These job seekers learned their strengths and weaknesses and received at least a bronze level Career Readiness Certificate.
WorkKeys was developed by ACT, a company best known for the ACT Assessment college entrance exam and is an international leader in educational assessment and workforce development services.
During the past decade, ACT-authorized job profilers have completed WorkKeys job and occupational profiles for thousands of jobs across every employment field and used by thousands of companies and schools across the United States and internationally.
The employee payoff is job satisfaction, increased self-confidence, opportunities and wages within the company. The employer payoff is found in reduced turnover and associated training costs, increased productivity and company overall success, impacting the state’s bottom line.
“Oklahoma is a leader in the Career Readiness Certificate national movement,” said Bill Guest, executive director of the National CRC Advocates. “That is why we approached Oklahoma first and was not surprised that Oklahoma was the first state to commit to developing an aggressive plan to take their program to the next level. Oklahoma’s employers are fortunate to have access to a workforce that is certified to possess valuable workplace skills based on nationally recognized third party assessments.”
Oklahoma provides 150 CRC assessment sites at technology centers, workforce centers, community colleges, adult education centers and tribal career centers. All 29 CareerTech centers as well as many workforce centers across the state provide KeyTrain and CR101 to prepare for the WorkKeys assessments.
The assessments for the CRC and KeyTrain/Career Ready 101 are funded by the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development partnership. WorkKeys job profiles may qualify for funding through Business and Industry Services at local technology centers.
For more information about how to become an Employer Partner, WorkKeys assessments, KeyTrain, CR101 and the Career Readiness Certificate visit www.okworkkeys.org.
More information can also be provided from Kiamichi Technology Centers. Visit their website at www.ktc.edu or call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525. Become a fan of their Facebook page at Kiamichi Tech Centers – Poteau. KTC is a member of the state CareerTech System.