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Certifying Our Workforce. WORKSmart Kentucky. Why Kentucky Work Ready Communities? Goals: Align with Education Align with Economic Development Simplify the System Customer-Centric. A Skilled Workforce. 2010 Corporate Survey

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worksmart kentucky
WORKSmart Kentucky

Why Kentucky Work Ready Communities?

Goals:

  • Align with Education
  • Align with Economic Development
  • Simplify the System
  • Customer-Centric
a skilled workforce
A Skilled Workforce

2010 Corporate Survey

Availability of Skilled Workforce: 87% ranked as Important or Very Important

Top States for Business 2011

“When we talk to prospective clients, their No. 1 issue every time is workforce,” says Jeff Anderson, head of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

top 10 site selection factors
Top 10 Site Selection Factors
  • Workforce skills
  • State and local tax scheme
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Flexibility of incentive programs
  • (Tie) Availability of incentives
  • (Tie) Utility infrastructure
  • Land/building costs and supply
  • State economic development strategy
  • Permitting and regulatory structure
  • Higher education resources
strategic question
Strategic Question

We can measure the quality of a worker, but how do we measure the quality of a workforce?

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A Kentucky Work Ready Community certification is a measure of a county’s workforce quality. Kentucky’s program is the most comprehensive and innovative Work Ready program in the U.S.

kentucky s program
Kentucky’s Program
  • Economic Development Community Input
  • Two Levels of Certification
  • Certification for Meeting Six Criteria
  • The Bar is High
  • Benefits are Great
  • Recertification
the kentucky criteria
The Kentucky Criteria
  • High School Graduation Rates
  • National Career Readiness Certificates
  • Community Commitment
  • Educational Attainment
  • Soft Skills Development
  • Internet Availability
opportunity to incorporate healthy lifestyles
Opportunity to Incorporate Healthy Lifestyles

Soft Skills Development

Business engagement – benefits to employer

Curriculum

Assessment

Recognition

the process
The Process
  • Organize locally
  • Prepare application
  • Panel review & recommendation
  • Kentucky WIB certifies
certification benefits
Certification Benefits
  • Economic Development Tool
  • Community Dialogue/Accountability
  • Jobs – Education Connection
  • Life-long Learning/Break Cycle of Illiteracy & Poverty
benefits of the process
Benefits of the Process
  • New & Enhanced Collaboration & Partnerships
  • Common Ground - Shared Goals
  • Leverage Resources
  • Innovation
  • Responsive