The best gift some would like to receive this holiday season is employment. To aid residents with their job search, Clayton County became a Certified Work Ready Community via The Georgia Work Ready program, which could help bring businesses into the county, get unemployed residents working, and improve local high school graduation rates.
Applicants will need to take the GWR assessment, which focuses on test scores in three areas: applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. “This is a good set of tools Georgians may access and earn to distinguish (or stand out!) from other job applicants,” says Debra Lyons, Director for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. Skills gap training is available on any computer (including most public library computers) if scores need to be improved.
Further incentive is the pre-paid Visa card offered to assist the unemployed with job search expenses based on your score. For example, platinum is the highest certification level one can achieve. If you earn a bronze, silver or gold, you will receive a $100 prepaid Visa gift card. If you improve your score and earn a higher certification, you will then receive an additional $200. Becoming platinum certified on the first attempt gets you $200 flat. This benefit will expire on December 31, 2010.
There are 481 job profiles available with 638 Georgia Work Ready companies, and six are located in Clayton County. Becoming a certified work ready employee gives you the edge over other applicants here and in any county that is also work ready and hiring.
“Clayton County is doing well. They have currently completed 65% of their CWRC certificate goals and have already reached their goal for high school certificates,” says Fred R. McConnel, Work Ready Community Manager.
In order for Clayton to become a Work Ready community, we need residents from these specific areas to get certified: 184 from the private sector, 121 from the government, and 1,192 unemployed. We have already met the requirements for college certificates as well. The deadline for getting certified is July, 2011.
Find out more information about Clayton’s Work Ready program at the Grassroots Hands On Clayton First Annual Empowerment Event taking place on Saturday, December 4 at Mundy’s Mill High School from 10 AM until 2 PM.
Are you a Certified Work Ready resident? If so, has the program helped you find employment?