• National Work Readiness Council

    The NWRC is a national nonprofit workforce development, training, and advocacy organization and pioneering sponsor of the only nationally recognized career readiness credential validating mastery of the foundational employability and soft skills most in-demand by employers today.


National Work Readiness Council Partners with the State of Tennessee

In 2022, the Tennessee Department of Education awarded the National Work Readiness Council the opportunity to collaborate with local school districts and public charter schools to certify Tennessee students career ready.

“Skills – not just what you know, but what you can do – are now the universal career currency. To ensure all students every opportunity, we must ensure all students have the foundational workplace skills employers require before graduating from high school,” said Council Executive Director Joe Mizereck.


View our video to learn more about the Council’s partnership with Tennessee schools.

Work Ready Reads

Durable Skills Demand Data

Image of paper airplanes on a blue background with the text "The High Demand for Durable Skills"

Data-driven new report by America Succeeds amplifies the NWRC call for policymakers, education and workforce partners, and employers nationwide to proactively and collectively focus on closing America’s soft skills talent gap. Effective communication, professionalism, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking are among the foundational work readiness skills that employers across industry sectors value most. This new report reconfirms employer demand for these durable skills – a demand outpacing technical skills by nearly four times! Read more

2022 Business Priorities

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In case you missed it, in her 2022 State of American Business keynote address, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne P. Clark said that competition is how we build our country, make it exceptional, and move it forward.

“The state of American business is competitive,” said Clark. “Businesses are not simply competing to win today, but to build a better tomorrow.”

Outlining the top priorities for the business community in 2022, Clark explained how competition in the marketplace, competition for talent, competition for global leadership, and competition for ideas are what will spur the pursuit of a better future for all humankind.

At the nexus is workforce development solutions that ensure Americans have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and the American economy has the skilled workforce it needs to grow.