A common language and common measure for the South Carolina workforce.
Learn how South Carolina is bridging the skills gap between education and workforce in this collaborative approach to career readiness.
South Carolina Ready to Work Credentials
Credentials employers recognize and value in today's workforce.
While professional attitudes and work habits are essential for the 21st century economy, they are often overlooked in educational programs. South Carolina Ready to Work Credentials helps learners develop and demonstrate attitudes and behaviors that are critical to career and life success. Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, Reading for Information, Communicating effectively, conveying professionalism, promoting teamwork and collaboration, and thinking critically to solve problems are key components of South Carolina's comprehensive approach to preparing students emerging and jobseekers reemerging into the workforce for success while providing future employers with workplace-ready candidates.
Ready to Work Credentials
The R2W assessments provide a customized credential that students can add to their portfolio. The credential shows the degree to which students have mastered the skills assessed and their level of accomplishment.
The assessment component is scored on a scale from 3 to 7. The higher the score, the greater the student’s ability to perform more complex tasks and qualify for a broader range of jobs.
There are four certificate levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To earn a Bronze certificate, the student must score a minimum of 3 on all assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information). For Silver a minimum of 4 is required, for Gold a minimum of 5 is required, and for Platinum a minimum of 6 is required.
The credential level (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum) is determined by the minimum or lowest score across all three tests. For example, a student who scores a 4 in Applied Mathematics, 4 in Reading for Information, and 3 in Locating Information will earn a bronze certificate because the lowest of the three scores is 3.
Essential Soft Skills Credentials
The Essential Soft Skills Assessment is scored as Pass or Not Passed based on the total questions answered correctly.
The South Carolina Ready to Work Credentials
are a validation of the competencies employers value most.
Additional South Carolina Career Readiness Resources:
Ready to Work Courseware provides participants with an initial placement to identify current skill levels in each of the modules, and to identify further training and education along their career path. The participant will enter a module at a level appropriate for their skills and then progresses at their own pace based on their performance on the placement test. The Ready to Work Courseware provide participants with a personalized profile of how prepared they are for the Ready to Work Assessments.
Essential Soft Skills Courseware helps participants develop and demonstrate attitudinal and behavioral skills that are essential to success in the workplace and school. These competencies are a key component of WIN’s comprehensive approach to preparing learners and job seekers for success and providing future employers with workplace-ready candidates. The Essential Soft Skills Courseware contains over 60 hours of offline materials to provide a blended approach to reinforce the skills online.
Download additional information.
- SC Ready to Work Partnership Profile
- SC Student Testing Information for Parents/Guardians
- Ready to Work Credential Information
- Essential Soft Skills Credential Information
- SC Courseware Information
- HIRING, RETENTION AND TRAINING - Employers’ Perspectives on Trade and Soft Skills in South Carolina A project conducted by Dr. Richard Nagle with the University of South Carolina for the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board.