The Cedar Valley recently pledged its commitment to becoming a Skilled Iowa Community, the first Iowa community to seek this distinction.
This move signals that the Cedar Valley, which includes the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area, is dedicated to growing a skilled workforce.
The Skilled Iowa Community initiative encourages local workers to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate, or NCRC. This certificate highlights a worker’s skills and abilities to hiring businesses, helping them hire the right workers with the right skill sets.
The Skilled Iowa Initiative also includes local high schools and community colleges in the effort to grow a labor pool that is ready to fill current and future positions. By partnering with these outlets, individuals have the opportunity to gain the skills that will be required in their upcoming careers.
But it’s not just younger workers who benefit from the program. Workers of all skill levels are necessary for the success of a dynamic workforce in any community, and Skilled Iowa intends to support and develop the skills of these workers to better serve the local economy.
The initiative aims to have 10 percent of businesses in a Skilled Iowa Community endorse the program by promoting the National Career Readiness Certificate and hiring certified workers. Another goal for a Skilled Iowa Community is having 5 percent of the current labor force earning an NCRC, making it a desirable place for businesses to locate or expand.
Skilled Iowa urges all communities in the state to take part in this program by encouraging the use of the NCRC by both workers and employers. Visit www.skillediowa.org to learn more about becoming a Skilled Iowa Community.
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