Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Entry Level Worker Readiness

I was excited to read about a national Workforce Readiness Credential (WRC) that is being developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This credential, created in partnership with business, government and labor, is designed to validate entry level workers' readiness to enter or re-enter the workforce. The idea stems from the concern of many hiring professionals that entry level workers today often do not have the communication, interpersonal, math and learning skills necessary for the workplace.

All of this sounds good.

The part that has me scratching my head is how a multiple choice exam can assess the following as outlined in the program information:

- Speak so others can understand
- Solve problems and make decisions
- Read with understanding
- Cooperate with others
- Resolve conflicts and negotiate
- Use math to solve problems
- Observe critically
- Listen actively
- Take responsibility for learning

The program is designed to ensure that young adults can communicate and relate with others outside of Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms, Forums. I wonder how you can do that by sitting them in front of a computer and testing them online?

If anyone has more information on this program, please email me. I'd like to hear more about it.

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