WorkReadyNH offers tuition free training Feb. 28 – March 23

BERLIN — White Mountains Community College will offer a tuition free four-week session of WorkReadyNH at the WMCC Berlin campus, 2020 Riverside Drive, from Feb. 28, to March 23.

Since fall of 2011, more than 2700 New Hampshire residents have sharpened their workplace skills and made themselves more attractive to employers through WorkReadyNH. This valuable professional development training focuses on soft skills and critical thinking skills, helping job seekers – and those seeking career advancement - to improve skills employers cite as essential to workplace success.

According to WorkReadyNH Program Director, Judy Woodward, “Whether someone is entering the workplace for the first time or they have many years of experience, the class has something to offer. We recently adjusted our class schedule to allow more employed people to attend, holding classes just three days per week for four weeks: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

WorkReadyNH helps participants improve and document skill levels and articulate how their skills match those needed for employment or advancement. As part of the training, participants are able to hear directly from area employers and human resource specialists as to what employers really want in highly sought-after employees or applicants. Graduates earn two credentials: the National Career Readiness Certificate and the WMCC WorkReadyNH Certificate.

“WorkReadyNH continues to receive rave reviews from graduates and employers alike” said Woodward. “Graduates report that the training helped them to be better prepared for the job search process and the workplace in general. Employers enjoy participating in WRNH activities as guest speakers or mock interviewers because it gives them an opportunity to have a first look at a trained pool of job candidates. They recognize the value of our graduates and we regularly receive requests for WorkReadyNH graduates to apply for open positions. It’s a “win-win” for the WorkReadyNH graduate and for the employer”.

According to Anne Paquin, Human Resource director at Trividia Manufacturing Solutions in Lancaster, “WorkReadyNH is effective because of the real-world situations that students have to navigate. The program “thoroughly” prepares students for work. Today, more than ever, we are looking for job applicants with demonstrated soft skills. These skills include the ability to make decisions, to think critically and to work effectively as part of a team”.

Registration is required, and those who wish to take advantage of this tuition free training may call (603) 342-3099 or (603) 342-3007. More information is available on the White Mountains Community College website: http://www.wmcc.edu/ under the “Workforce Development” tab or visit www.facebook.com/WorkReadyNH/.