ACT Workforce Newsletter
Welcome to the ACT Workforce Newsletter
A digest of news, events, research, and information you can use.
- Upcoming Events
- ACT Workforce Summit – Call for Proposals
- Become a Job Profiler
- Shining a Light on Essential Skills
- NEW ACT Research Report: Lack of Access to Technology Hurts Rural Students
- ACT® NCRC® Rankings Influence 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings
- 2019 ACT College & Career Readiness Champions Announced
- Product Spotlight: Introducing ACT® Stack™
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Plans are underway to bring the best of workforce development together for the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit. This year’s Summit will assemble thought leaders and practitioners from business, education, workforce and economic development to reveal how vibrant partnerships develop the talent necessary to grow communities and sustain a robust workforce. We invite you to share your story and submit a proposal to present.
While all ideas are welcome, here are the topics we‘re focused on for this year’s Summit:
- Improving outcomes for individuals with low-income and/or barriers to education or employment
- Effective strategies for employers or businesses for education and workforce development
- Career readiness instruction, including career pathways and work-based learning
- High-performing Career & Technical Education programs which lead to postsecondary, work-based learning, or workplace success
- Successful collaboration or partnerships, such as ACT Work Ready Communities
The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, April 1, 2019.
Be a part of the workforce event that will assemble professionals from business, education, workforce and economic development to get the inside track to help students and job seekers achieve career and workplace success and support employers’ needs to find the qualified talent they need to be competitive.
ACT will be exhibiting at these upcoming conferences.
Will you be there? Stop by to say hi!
Powered by National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
March 23-26, 2019
Missouri Association of Workforce Development
April 24-26, 2019
Upcoming Deadline for ACT® WorkKeys® Job Profiling Training
Now is the Time to Add a Job Profiler to Your Team
Have you considered training a member of your team as a Job Profiler? That team member could work with learning institutions and employers to document the WorkKeys skills needed for success in yourtraining programs and your jobs. ACT Job Profiling training consists of distance-learning activities completed over 6 weeks and culminates with an onsite workshop at ACT headquarters in Iowa City to put learning to practice and participate in simulations.
Distance Learning Begins: April 22, 2019
On-Site Workshop dates: June 4-7, 2019
Deadline to register: March 29, 2019
Register at 319-337-1724 or visit the link below.
Shining a Light on Essential Skills
Business leaders want graduates to have strong communication and interpersonal skills before they enter the workforce. Unfortunately, there is a perception gap between employers and potential employees. Students or prospective employees believe their essential skills are 30% more developed on average than employers believe them to be. To keep our economy thriving, this skills gap needs to be addressed.
Though it can be challenging, measuring essential skills is important for your organization. If you want to help your employees perform at their optimal level, tune into our webinar “Measure What Matters and Improve Your Workplace.”
Presenters Sheerin Vesin of International Youth Foundation and Jason Way, PhD of ACT dive into the research behind essential skills, share what employers look for, and present studies which validate the importance in the workplace.
NEW ACT Research Report: Lack of Access to Technology Hurts Rural Students
The “digital divide”—the gap between people who have sufficient knowledge of and access to technology and those who don’t—is compounding equity problems within US schools. These students are our future workforce. The report explores how family income, racial/ethnic background, geography and other factors can adversely affect students’ access to technology. Lack of technological access can limit the ability to complete assignments, participate in online courses, or complete a college application. How can industry make strides to improve outcomes for those in rural areas?
ACT® NCRC® Rankings Influence 2019 Regional Workforce Development Rankings
To stay competitive and build a strong economy, each state works hard to invest in their future workforce. Every year, Site Selection Magazine analyzes economic activity to recognize those efforts and, in turn, publishes regional rankings of workforce development in the United States. The ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®) plays large role in how the regional rankings are determined.
The magazine uses five different metrics to develop their rankings:
- NCRC Rankings
- CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2018 Workforce and Education sub-ranking
- Forbes’ Best States for Business 2018 Labor Supply sub-ranking
- U.S. News’ 2018 Best States for Education rankings Average number of workforce development enactments passed in state legislatures (most recent data)
The NCRC plays a notable role in the regional rankings, because it provides a standard measurement that is implemented across different regions of the US. With over 4.5 million NCRCs awarded nationally, ACT is proud to have a widespread credential that can serve as a measuring stick for workforce development.
2019 ACT College & Career Readiness Champions Announced
Join us in recognizing the workforce, high school seniors, K-12, and postsecondary professionals in each state who making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all. These individuals demonstrate persistence through adversity, a collaborative approach to problem-solving, and a passion for learning and leading others to find their own success.
The new workforce requires new skills.
In today’s global economy, companies need every edge possible. Employers who are ahead of the game understand that people make all the difference, but it’s not enough to fill vacancies. The most competitive organizations find ways to develop and grow that talent—that’s where ACT® Stack™ comes in.
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