Work Ready Community

Guilford WDB became a participating member of the ACT Work Ready Communities program early in 2015.  ACT is a national program aimed at making our country more competitive by closing the skills gap between what employers need and what candidates are prepared for.  While national in scope, the effectiveness lies at the grassroots level.  This is a community-based framework for workforce and economic development that certifies counties as “work-ready” when established goals have been met.  This process is supported by workforce skills data that closely examines the status of both the current and transitioning workforce as well as the emerging workforce which include students and youth. We are early in this process and success will take the cooperation of our local businesses recognizing the benefit the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate in their hiring process.

We are asking employers in Guilford County to support this initiative. Guilford County’s goal is to have over 200 employers recognize or recommend the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) workplace credential by October 2015. Please consider showing your support and register at:

You can also track the progress to our goal here:

Contact your Business Services Representative at Guilford WDB to find out more, or you can also visit


The WorkKeys System

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that measures “real world” skills employers believe are critical to job success.  The components of this program include Job Analysis (Profiling), WorkKeys Assessments, and Training.  As with all the efforts of the Guilford WDB, the purpose of this WorkKeys system is to match talent with jobs.  

Job Analysis (Profiling)
Identify the skill requirements and levels an individual must have to perform successfully. The ACT job analysis method—ACT job profiling— links job tasks with ACT WorkKeys® job skill assessments to pinpoint benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement, and training. For more information download this PDF.

WorkKeys Assessments
These assessments are the way individuals can earn ACTs National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) which is a credential that demonstrates a level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

After comparing an individual’s skill levels with the requirements for a specific job, businesses then have a clear understanding of the training that will be needed to move individuals toward employability.  At this step, our staff can connect your business with the proper Educators whether that is through the Community College system, or private training institutions to find the most effective way forward.

WDB staff work in partnership with business, industry, and educational institutions to continuously address program and curriculum needs to insure our workforce can access the classes and skills training needed for our local and regional needs.