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Work Ready Foundations Completers July 2017

"Rather than put an ad on the internet and see who walks through the door, Work Ready Foundations is a great source for dependable prepared individuals. Comfort Systems, USA is pleased to have current employees who participated in the Work Ready Foundations Training Program. The quality of these individuals and their preparedness for the workplace is impressive.  --Mark Gosney, Comfort Systems, USA

Work Ready Foundations© provides a foundation for success in entry-level positions and creates a pathway for more advanced skill building in the future. Training is divided into two (2) courses: WRF CORE and WRF Fundamentals and consists of lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory (applied) exercises and activities designed to foster learning. Each course is comprised of modules that are presented in a sequence, which ensures cumulative foundational learning while including relevant opportunities to practice and/or observe the technology in use as part of action lab experiences. Trainees are given a range of safety training followed by practical applied learning exposures on various electrical and mechanical equipment.

Partnerships with local industry provide trainees with industry exposure and potential opportunities to participate in adult work experiences.  Industry visits combined with classroom visits from human resource and technical staff who discuss the traits, abilities, work ethics, and employer expectations required to become a successful employee in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in collaboration with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) will offer a Certified Production Technician (CPT) training program beginning Fall 2018. Training will increase the level of performance of production workers by assisting individuals in finding higher-wage jobs, helping employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness while equipping trainees with the technical and soft skills increasingly needed for technology-intensive advanced manufacturing and logistics jobs of the 21st century. Certified Production Technician curriculum and lab exercises will be embedded within Work Ready Foundations©, a hands-on learning experience and the most effective learning method for many adult learners. Successful completers will the following four credentials: MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT), NCCER CORE, OSHA 10 General Industry, and the National Career Readiness Certificate.

wrf solargeneration1SVHEC Special Assistant for Research & Development, David Kenealy, described the Work Ready Foundations program as real world, effective, and for the employer. "The name of the training is not random—it is truly about preparing individuals for the workplace. We hire instructors based on their work experiences and competencies, and we train participants using hardware and software that replicates what employers have in their workplaces," he stated.

"Huber Engineered Woods, LLC has supported the Work Ready Foundation, conducting mock interviews, giving constructive feedback to participants and presenting “what employers are looking for when hiring.”  Recently, Huber hired two participants who successfully completed the Work Ready Foundation Program, which gave them the necessary skills to join our workforce." Mary Jane Francisco, Huber Engineered Woods, LLC