I'm taking a 4 hour test tomorrow for the new Georgia Work Ready Certificate Program. I was encouraged by the Dept. of Labor to take this exam, and the Governor is really pushing it. I was also told that any Georgians that want to apply for a government job will now be required to take this assessment.
Looks pretty interesting. The link is What is Georgia Work Ready? :: Georgia Work Ready.
"Georgia Work Ready was created to ensure that Georgia's workers have the best skills, easy access to training and world-class job opportunities. The backbone of the initiative is the Work Ready Certificate, which assesses the real world skills of Georgia's workers. Georgians can use their Work Ready Certificate to prove their work readiness to potential employers. Georgia also offers gap training aimed at helping to improve Certificate scores, enabling career growth and continued on-the-job success. This, combined with an innovative job profiling process that accurately identifies the exact skills required for specific jobs is helping create the perfect match between Georgia workers and jobs."
If you score low on some part of the test, you can get free "gap" training online to raise your rating. I also heard they will be giving away free gift cards to help with job search expenses if you take the test, and also if you do the gap training.
I hope to get a good rating, because it will also be going on my resume.