WorkKeys® for Better Hiring Decisions

WorkKeys solutions enable employers to make better hiring and promotion decisions using WorkKeys assessments, credentials, and job analysis tools. By hiring individuals with skills needed for successful employment, companies realize reduced turnover, improved productivity, and a better bottom line.

WorkKeys® for Better Hiring Decisions

WorkKeys solutions enable employers to make better hiring and promotion decisions using WorkKeys assessments, credentials, and job analysis tools. By hiring individuals with skills needed for successful employment, companies realize reduced turnover, improved productivity, and a better bottom line.

Why should employers use WorkKeys?

Good hiring decisions are made when employers understand the job candidates' skills verified through proven assessments.

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How do employers use WorkKeys?

There are three WorkKeys employer use models. With each ascending approach, the return on investment for an employer improves.

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Where do employers obtain WorkKeys?

Employers can easily obtain WorkKeys solutions directly from ACT.

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WorkKeys® Employer Success Stories

Employers across the country are sharing their success stories on how they have reduced hiring and training costs, found quality job candidates, increased their bottom line and built successful community talent pipeline approaches with ACT WorkKeys solutions.

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ACT® WorkKeys® solutions help Shands Jacksonville Medical Center improve employee satisfaction and patient care
Using ACT® WorkKeys® solutions, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center assures the workplace literacy of applicants for high-volume, high-turnover positions and ensures that employees are equipped to work in a complex environment requiring ongoing training.
NW Natural fuels internal promotions and employee success with ACT® WorkKeys® solutions
Using ACT® WorkKeys® solutions, NW Natural has been able to create a better predictor of employee success, develop an inside career track that helped employees train and develop and give employees a shot of confidence.
Using ACT® WorkKeys® solutions, displaced manufacturing workers in Ohio received credentials to help them find new jobs
With ACT® WorkKeys® solutions, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council provided opportunities for hundreds of manufacturing employees at soon-to-be-closed plants to earn skills credentials that conveyed an objective measure of workplace skills to future employers.
Johnsonville Sausage adds ACT® WorkKeys® Solutions to its recipe for success
Johnsonville Sausage used ACT® WorkKeys® solutions to improve the quality and retention of newly-hired team members and ensure that employees seeking promotion or new assignments possessed essential skills.
Energizer uses ACT® WorkKeys® solutions to reduce turnover, training time and costly errors while increasing productivity
As Energizer embraced lean manufacturing, their tolerance for errors was greatly reduced. Since implementing ACT® WorkKeys® solutions, skills-related turnover dropped to zero, employee productivity went up, and quality defects and deviations decreased.
Carthage Water & Electric Plant strengthens the area’s workforce and economic development efforts
CWEP administration turned to ACT® WorkKeys® solutions to gain greater insight and make more informed decisions regarding potential hires. Skills from the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®), such as locating information and communicating clearly, are critical to job success for the utility company.
Clickbond optimizes hiring, training and retention using ACT WorkKeys®
After using ACT WorkKeys®, Clickbond was able to save money and time by increasing the quality of their pool of trainable candidates who were ready to go to work.
Toray finds highly qualified applicants using ACT WorkKeys® Assessments
With ACT WorkKeys®, Toray was able to reduce costs and increase productivity by reducing training and re-training times and improving the retention rate of qualified employees.
Phifer used ACT WorkKeys® to find qualified applicants, reduce turnover and optimize training
By using ACT WorkKeys®, Phifer was able to reduce turnover by 50% and reduce training costs by $2 million over a 10-year period.
Newell Coach uses WorkKeys® Job Profiling to pinpoint benchmarks
WorkKeys® Job Profiling gives Newell Coach the tools it needs to hire the right person the first time and provide benchmarks for recruiting, hiring, training and advancement.
ACT WorkKeys® enabled Mercedes-Benz to efficiently find the right employees
ACT WorkKeys® allowed Mercedes-Benz to efficiently filter through hundreds of applicants and find the employees it needed to staff its $1.3 billion expansion in Alabama.
Daiken increases hiring efficiencies with ACT WorkKeys® Assessments
By using ACT WorkKeys® Assessments to test for reading comprehension and applied mathematics, Daiken was able to reduce preemployment training by six weeks.
Subaru streamlines its screening and reduces turnover with ACT WorkKeys®
To take on the region’s largest single job creation initiative of almost 20 years and help double a plant’s 100,000+ production capabilities, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) found an efficient screening system with Workforce Solutions, from the assessment experts at ACT.
Safran Aerospace Composites develops highly skilled, specialized talent pipeline from the ground up
In need of workers with very specific, highly specialized skills not found in the region, Safran Aerospace Composites, Inc. used ACT WorkKeys® solutions to develop local talent.
RoyOMartin raises the quality of new hires while reducing turnover and costs
Louisiana-based forestry and wood-products manufacturer RoyOMartin used ACT WorkKeys solutions to decrease turnover and optimize training costs.
R.J. Reynolds targets a highly-skilled workforce candidate pool
North Carolina-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company uses the ACT WorkKeys® system as part of its robust pre-hire screening and hiring process.
Phillips Staffing finds a better way to wow clients
With powerful filtering tools, ACT WorkKeys® helped Phillips provide workers who were the right fit for their clients.
ACT WorkKeys® helps the right 911 dispatchers answer the call
Lexington County 911 Communications Center needed to find the right people for a specialized job to improve effectiveness and reduce costly turnover estimated at $7,000+ for each operator.
Inova uses WorkKeys® to cure turnover troubles
ACT WorkKeys® helps a health care system measure vital skills of two important entry-level positions to identify applicants they could count on for the long haul.
Glen Raven Custom Fabrics refines hiring process and develops talent pipeline
Frustrated with traditional hiring practices, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC worked with the Tri-County Region to develop a skilled talent pipeline using ACT WorkKeys® solutions.
Gilchrist Construction Company improves retention and employee safety
Facing employee turnover as high as 100%, Gilchrist Construction Company used ACT WorkKeys® solutions to improve hiring, retention, training, safety, and productivity at their Louisiana-based facility.
General Plug and Manufacturing builds skilled talent pipeline through collaboration
With 75% of applicants lacking appropriate job skills combined with 24% of the manufacturing job growth requiring Computer Numerical Control [CNC] skills, General Plug and Manufacturing partnered on a regional CNC credentialing program using ACT WorkKeys® solutions.
Boeing improves retention while reducing training time
The Boeing Company in St. Louis uses ACT WorkKeys® solutions to support assembly mechanic pre-employment training.
ACT WorkKeys® helps select highly skilled applicants for high-tech plant
To quickly find the right high-quality candidates for its new production facility, CG Power Systems—a top
transformer manufacturer—teams up with Workforce Solutions, from the assessment experts at ACT.
Berner Foods stops turnover from eating up profits
A leading private label supplier of food and beverage products, Berner reduced employee turnover by putting the right people in the right job, the first time, with the help of ACT WorkKeys®.
Eastman develops talent pipeline while improving the quality of new hires
Headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, Eastman is an advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a wide range of products found in items that people use every day. Serving customers in more than 100 countries, Eastman employs over 14,000 people.

Employer WorkKeys Engagement

Employer engagement drives successful talent pipeline development in communities. Employers can easily move through levels of engagement as they grow in their understanding of the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate powered by ACT WorkKeys.

Ways Employers Can Engage:

Sign up to recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC

Show that you value the WorkKeys NCRC!

Employers can show their support for students and job candidates earning a WorkKeys NCRC by recommending this credential as a ‘plus factor’ in hiring and promotion practices. Join the tens of thousands of employers across the country who want the best applicants to look to their companies for their careers.

Show your support!

Use the Workforce Skills Exchange

The new Workforce Skills Exchange is a platform that connects employers to qualified candidates with WorkKeys validated skills. Visit the Beta site to learn more.

Candidates have the option to share their validated WorkKeys NCRC and assessment scores and skills, can access current job openings, and connect directly with employers.

Provide a WorkKeys success story

We would love to hear from you!

Many employers are delighted to share their WorkKeys success stories with ACT – it’s a great way to help voice your support for closing skills gaps and ensure a more competitive workforce. If you would like to share your story, please email Fred McConnel at Frederick.McConnel@act.org

Process:

  1. ACT will conduct a 30 minute interview to learn and obtain relevant information to prepare your story.
  2. Your company will review and approve.
  3. Once final, the story will be used in an ACT collateral piece and join the other success stories on our Employer Engagement website.

Sign up to recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC

Show that you value the WorkKeys NCRC!

Employers can show their support for students and job candidates earning a WorkKeys NCRC by recommending this credential as a ‘plus factor’ in hiring and promotion practices. Join the tens of thousands of employers across the country who want the best applicants to look to their companies for their careers.

Show your support!

Use the Workforce Skills Exchange

The new Workforce Skills Exchange is a platform that connects employers to qualified candidates with WorkKeys validated skills. Visit the Beta site to learn more.

Candidates have the option to share their validated WorkKeys NCRC and assessment scores and skills, can access current job openings, and connect directly with employers.

Provide a WorkKeys success story.

We would love to hear from you!

Many employers are delighted to share their WorkKeys success stories with ACT – it’s a great way to help voice your support for closing skills gaps and ensure a more competitive workforce. If you would like to share your story, please email Fred McConnel at Frederick.McConnel@act.org

Process:

  1. ACT will conduct a 30 minute interview to learn and obtain relevant information to prepare your story.
  2. Your company will review and approve.
  3. Once final, the story will be used in an ACT collateral piece and join the other success stories on our Employer Engagement website.

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