Certifications Lead to Meaningful Careers During Economic Recovery and Beyond

Certifications have the potential to be useful tools in addressing re-employment, re-deployment, and re-education challenges that workers face in the current labor market.

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The most recent Strada Education Network findings show that Americans feel stuck in their current employment situations and remain skeptical of the value of credentials and education to advance their careers. More than half surveyed said they do not believe a good job is within their reach, and 44 percent said they are not equipped with the right skills and credentials.

Workcred is focused on solutions to these workforce challenges and is working to educate the public about how certifications and certificates align workers with meaningful careers in a challenging job market. Recent research completed by Workcred demonstrates the value of certifications and certificates in supporting displaced workers seeking employment.

Highlighting their value, Workcred’s director of research joined a recent discussion around perspectives on access and barriers to good jobs during the Strada Education Network Public Viewpoint webcast to showcase top qualities that make certifications so well-suited to individuals seeking new credentials as a pathway to employment:

  • certifications reflect a mastery of job-relevant competencies;
  • can often be gained within a short time-frame;
  • and are relatively low-cost when compared with other credentials.

As third-party assessment of competencies that are specific to a role or job, certifications are a great way for someone to gain entry into a meaningful career. In fact, certifications are often developed in partnership with employers, and they exist across a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, hospitality, retail, healthcare, and technology.

In addition, in the midst of this pandemic, Workcred has co-authored three reports shining light on the importance of certifications:

Access these reports and a variety of resources created to help simplify understanding of the U.S. credentialing system on Workcred’s website.

Originally published at https://blog.ansi.org on December 14, 2020.

At Workcred, we connect and educate stakeholders to create a more integrated and effective credentialing system. Learn more at https://www.workcred.org

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