- Identifying clients status on key soft skills that are difficult to determine in an initial interview.
- Documenting types of assistance needed and recommending appropriate program intervention.
- Coaching clients about components of employment readiness.
- Strengthening clients commitment to action.
- Verifying clients progress towards employment readiness.
- The ERS gives them a chance to say what is going on for them.
- They learn what it takes to succeed.
- Action planning is based on their input.
- They get a road map for work life success.
- They can see how much progress they are making, which helps them stay motivated.
Preparing clients and students for the jobs of the future in a world of Artificial Intelligence and increasing automation is challenging. More than ever, they will require soft skills or behavioural competencies –these are to do with behaviors, attitudes and personality traits. Our quarterly newsletters cover contemporary employment issues and how ERS is being used by Agencies to cover new ground.
Below are links to articles on the Employment Readiness Scale presented at Workforce and Career Development Conferences or published in research papers. The topics range from the background and research behind the ERS assessment model to addressing client needs and making a business case for funding.
To read any of the articles, click on the topic and the article will open in a new page.
If you require additional information on the ERS please feel free to contact ERS or one of our affiliates by clicking on one of the links below.
- A Moving Target
- Addressing Client Needs
- Addressing Soft Skills
- Building Employment Readiness
- Coaching Clients, Working Smarter
- Coaching Learners for Work Transitions
- Defining and Measuring Employment Readiness
- Ensuring Effective Employment Services
- ERS and At-Risk Youth
- ERS and Employment Service Providers
ERS serves a wide range of organizations (Agencies) in different market segments ranging from youth at risk, peoples with disabilities, women, indigenous communities, institutions of higher learning, new immigrants, people in incarceration, mature clients. The Agencies are funded primarily by State or Provincial governments, Federal governments, and NGOs who in turn are funded by charities and Foundations. Agencies use the ERS to test the impact of specific programs or as part of their client intake process. The ERS is being used in Australia, the UK, the USA, and Canada. It is available in French, Spanish, and English. Over 300,000 clients have used and benefited from the ERS.
Click on the link below for a list of some of the agencies that use the ERS and the type of clients they serve.
The Scale itself is composed of 45 questions to be rated on a 5-point scale and 30 questions to be answered True/False. The actual Scale is taken in temporary memory and only the factor scores are saved in order to preserve client confidentiality.
The following are sample questions. They are provided to give you a feel for the content and functionality of the ERS.
Click here to get started by answering the sample questions.