Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of Florida Ready to Work?
The number one challenge business faces today is finding trainable, skilled workers. To meet this demand, employers have historically asked our schools for students with more math and better reading skills. Our schools then teach more math and more English, but what employers really need are students with workplace math, reading and problem-solving skills. They need employees who can crunch sales figures. They need employees who can read a technical product manual and locate the information needed to repair a high-tech piece of equipment. They need skilled workers who can be trained as their jobs change. To bridge this gap and to connect education, employers and jobseekers, the State of Florida created Florida Ready to Work.
Where is the program offered?
Program partners include high schools, community colleges, technical centers, regional workforce board one-stop centers and vocational rehabilitation centers. To participate, a student/jobseeker must enroll at a participating Assessment Center. Once enrolled in the program, the online Courseware can be accessed from any computer anywhere, anytime. The Assessments required to earn a Florida Ready to Work Credential must be proctored and taken at an official Florida Ready to Work Assessment Center.
Who is eligible to participate in the program?
Any Florida student/jobseeker or employer is eligible to participate in the program.
Is there a cost to participate?
No. There is no cost – other than time – for students/jobseekers or employers to participate in the program.
How is the program funded?
Florida Ready to Work is funded by the Florida Legislature. There is no direct cost to participate in the program for students/jobseekers, employers, schools or other program partners.
Who are the Assessment Centers?
Florida Ready to Work is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The State of Florida has contracted with Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) to provide the Web-based delivery system and implementation support. Florida Ready to Work is being implemented by regional workforce boards, high schools, community colleges, technical centers, vocational rehabilitation centers and other workforce development and education partners statewide.
When did the program start?
Florida Ready to Work is a new program. The program was first approved and received initial funding from the Florida Legislature in 2006. The program was officially launched in spring 2007.
The Credential and The Assessments
What is the Florida Ready to Work Credential?
The Florida Ready to Work Credential is a personalized certificate, signed by Governor Rick Scott. The Credential shows employers that a student/jobseeker has the fundamental skills needed on the job and is ready to work. There are three credential levels – bronze, silver and gold.
What do the three credential levels mean?
The credential level – bronze, silver, gold – reflects the scores and skill levels of the student/jobseeker. The higher the student/jobseeker scores, the greater his/her ability to perform more complex tasks and qualify for a broader range of jobs.
|Minimum score of 3 on all three Assessments
Student/jobseeker has skills for 35 percent of jobs today
||Minimum score of 4 on all three Assessments
Student/jobseeker has skills for 65 percent of jobs today
||Minimum score of 5 on all three Assessments
Student/jobseeker has skills for 90 percent of jobs today
The credential level is determined by the minimum or lowest score across all three Assessments. For example, a student/jobseeker who scores a 4 in Math, 4 in Reading and 3 in Locating Information earns a bronze certificate because the lowest of the three scores is 3.
Who is eligible for the Florida Ready to Work credential?
Any resident of the state of Florida is eligible to earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential
What is the process to earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential?
- Sign up at a participating Assessment Center
- Complete the online Placement tests to measure current skills
- Use the online, self-paced Courseware to improve skills, if needed
- Take the three required proctored Assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information) at a participating Assessment Center
- Earn a minimum of 3 on each of the three required Assessments
- Receive the Florida Ready to Work Credential, signed by Governor Rick Scott
What skills do the Assessments measure?
- Applied Mathematics — Measures workplace mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to multiple math functions like calculating percentage discounts and markups. The test-taker can use a calculator, and a formula sheet is provided and can be used while taking the assessment.
- Reading for Information — Measures reading comprehension and reasoning skills when using written text on the job including memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies and regulations.
- Locating Information — Measures comprehension and application of workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.
The Assessments for Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information are scored on a scale from 3 to 7; the Assessment for Locating Information is scored on a scale from 3 to 6. On all three Assessments, the levels build on each other. For example, at level 5, the test-taker needs the skills from levels 3 and 4. The questions become more difficult at each level. The questions are multiple-choice.
How long does each Assessment take?
Each of the three Assessments required for the Florida Ready to Work Credential take about 1 hour to complete – a total of three hours of Assessments.
Where are the Assessments offered?
The tests are offered online or in paper/pencil form but must be proctored and taken at a Florida Ready to Work Assessment Center. Please visit www.floriadreadytowork.com to find your local Assessment Center.
How do I access Florida Ready to Work?
The Florida Ready to Work informational website is located at www.floridareadytowork.com. This website provides information about the program for employers, students, jobseekers, and educators. The site also serves as the main point of access for Ready to Work Assessment Centers and the students and jobseekers participating in the Ready to Work program. Assessment Centers and Ready to Work participants may access all of the components of the Ready to Work program by visiting www.myfloridareadytowork.com and signing in to the Florida Ready to Work portal.
How do I Become a Florida Ready to Work Assessment Center?
Becoming a Florida Ready to Work Assessment Center:
- Step 1: Visit www.floridareadytowork.com and click on the Become a Florida Ready to Work Assessment Center button on the homepage.
- Step 2: Fill out the Assessment Site Registration Form online. Make sure that the contact name and information on this form are for your site’s Primary Contact. Each partner site must have one Primary Contact to be contacted by the DOE with program updates and other pertinent information.
- Step 3: Have each individual staff member that will participate in the Florida Ready to Work program fill out the Assessment Site Training Form. Each staff member involved in the Florida Ready to Work program must complete the two part training process to participate in the Florida Ready to Work program.
- Step 4: Training
Training dates for the Courseware component and Assessments component of the Florida Ready to Work program may be found at www.myfloridareadytowork.com/training.