The local Work Ready Committee described the process of becoming certified as a true team effort, bringing together individuals and organizations from both the public and private sectors.
The certification process began in June 2009 and gained momentum in late 2010. In October 2011, as the deadline for certification was fast approaching, the committee came up with a plan to offer — through a random drawing — an iPod Nano and a Kindle Fire as an enticement for taking the Work Ready assessment in November and early December.
The incentive worked and in mid-December, the committee reached its goal.
Georgia Work Ready was launched in August 2006 by Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce and create future economic growth for the state.
It is the only initiative of its kind to be conducted through a partnership between a state government and state chamber of commerce, ensuring that companies can more reliably match the right people with the right jobs.
Work Ready is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of businesses and the available skills of Georgia’s workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs.
This distinction will help the city of Griffin and Spalding County promote future business development and growth by showcasing a talented and technically viable workforce.
Members of the Griffin-Spalding Work Ready Committee are Chairman Robert Parker, Steve Hendrix, Allen Edwards, Bonnie Pfrogner, Sherry Maddock, Miles Neville, Mark Andrews, Len Moore, Bill Gay, Joseph Walker, Harry Kierbow and Carol Harpe.
The committee also recognized Edna Aikens, Anna Burns, Evan Stitt, Jim Ogletree, Carol Jones, Amanda Remington, Randy Peters and state Rep. David Knight, R-Griffin, for their support.