21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth
For more than 30 years, in each decade since the 1980s, hundreds of employers throughout the Commonwealth have been interviewed or surveyed to determine the most essential workplace skills for entry-level workers.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with the Demographics Research Group of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, is pleased to share the current summary research report--Framework for the Future: Workplace Readiness Skills in Virginia (February 2019)-This is a PDF document. with school divisions. The purpose of this research was to evaluate Virginia’s 21 Workplace Readiness Skills to make certain they aligned with the needs of employers to better prepare students to enter the workforce and be successful in their chosen careers. As a result, all CTE courses are now updated to reflect the revised 21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills. More information about this current research is available through the VDOE’s 2019-2020 Training Series for Administrators, Session 4: Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth.
- 21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills-This is a Word document.
- 21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth - Poster
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Employers from all industry sectors from across Virginia and the nation agree that personal qualities, professionalism and technology literacy skills are vital and widely valued.
Curriculum and Instructional Resources
21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth may be found in the first 22 competencies of every state CTE course. Each competency link opens a variety of related curriculum and instructional resource and all course competencies are managed through Virginia’s Educational Resources System Online (VERSO). The skills are not intended to be taught in isolation as separate tasks, and most of the skills will be evident through project-based learning and simulated instruction. Additional instructional resources can be found in VERSO as well as on the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS) website.
Test Domains, Interactive Practice, and Sample Test Questions
The 21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth cover three domains identified by employers across Virginia as critical to workplace success: Personal Qualities and Abilities, Interpersonal Skills, and Professional Competencies. The following resources are available to help students prepare for the Commonwealth’s Workplace Readiness Skills assessment:
- Interactive Practice – student quizzes and modules with lesson plans, activities, and vocabulary
- Sample questions-This is a PDF document. – for each of the 22 skills
To obtain an overview of the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth, visit the CTECS website.
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2018-2019-This is a Word document.
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2017-2018-This is a Word document.
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2016-2017-This is a PDF document.
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2015-2016 (PDF)
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2014-2015 (PDF)
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2013-2014 (PDF)
- Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Standards Performance for 2012-2013 (PDF)
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Virginia students who pass the CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment have the option of requesting the CTECS WRS Assessment Digital Badge, which proves the student has passed the exam. To learn more about the Digital Badge Project, including how to request a badge, or to watch an informative video presentation about digital badges and the CTECS Digital Badge, please visit the CTECS website.
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