Employer Partners

The focus and design of the High School Ready-To-Work Program is that it is Employer Driven. The challenge of the skills gap has to be met by those who have the most at stake, which is the employer. The number one pain point that employers face, is not finding qualified talent, therefore building a sustained talent pipeline starts with employers learning how to “grow their own” and matching their industries’ hiring demands with the future workforce.


Industry Driven Training Design:

The High School Ready-to-Work Program is designed by employers and for employers, so each employer training block is created to meet real hiring needs. The challenge of the skills gap must be met by those who have the most at stake, which is why the employers are the drivers of this program. Students are pre-identified by school leaders as those who will be entering the workforce upon graduation.

Regional Industry Focus

TheHigh School Ready-to-Work Program is designed not to just serve one company’s hiring needs but built to establish a workforce development collaborative that serves multiple industries. By joining collaboratives, businesses can maximize their leverage in negotiating talent supply chain, build brand recognition and share in the capacity building. The main industries that have been the focus include:

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Logistics/Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality

Certification Requirements include

  • 95% Attendance and punctuality rate
  • Satisfactory achievement of work ethic, organizational skills, attitude and motivation
  • 70% or higher on all required assessments
  • Successful completion of Work Keys assessment with level 3 or higher

Ready-to-Work program graduates will receive Industry Recognized Credentials:

  • National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) – issued by ACT
  • Alabama Certified Work Certificate (ACWC) – issued by AIDT
  • OSHA 10, CPR and other Certificates – issued by Employer (if applicable)

Workforce Collaborative

True forms of impact require new forms of communication. The strength of the HSRTW program is built around shared industry hiring needs across multiple industry clusters. Each industry cluster is built by employers, so that students learn what skills employers are hiring for and they get to experience that industry world during their school year.

Some of the biggest pain points that employers face is that their workers don’t show up on time, lack basic communication skills and can’t work well with others. The talent they are in search of is less about job-specific knowledge or even technical knowledge, but more about essential skills. They want leaders, critical thinkers, communicators and people that can work well in teams. These are the skills in demand.

Get Involved

  • Employer Kickoff at participating high schools- Sign up to speak to the students about the end destination which could be employed at your company.
  • Share a brief description of the industry, and career paths available at your company.
  • Content Provider- Submit content specific to your company’s needs. The content submitted will be taught during your industry week.
  • Interview Day- Interview potential candidates for jobs available at your company.
  • School Visits- Schedule visits to schools to share PowerPoints, videos, and informational materials about your company.
  • Industry Tours-Provide industry tours at your company to give students an opportunity to learn more about your company and your industry.

Throughout our program year, RTW curates a variety of events that cater to our employers, community partner, educators and students.

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