What is Workforce Readiness?

Workforce readiness is ensuring new and returning workplace entrants are prepared to enter the workforce with the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes in order to engage in endeavors that will be required in their respective occupations. Partnerships and alliances between educational institutions, governmental entities, nonprofits and employers assist in ensuring that these new and returning workforce entrants are sufficiently prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities they face in the workplace.

Why are HR Professionals the key to Workforce Readiness success?

Human Resource professionals are uniquely suited to address many of the challenges raised by workforce readiness issues. HR professionals can play a strategic role in assisting employers prepare standards for workforce skills, capabilities and attributes that the employer community needs. Additionally, the HR community can take the lead in building partnerships to articulate the need for developing rigorous standards, which can be shared throughout the business community and serve as a basis for advocacy of workforce readiness efforts. HR professionals can bring their skills to help develop programs to improve workforce readiness and to evaluate models and pilot programs to ensure their effectiveness and adaptability in meeting current needs and their ability to anticipate future needs. Finally, HR professionals bring and can develop the needed relationships with community organizations sponsoring the return to work of many select groups.

How does Workforce Readiness develop essential employability skills?

Where will HR professionals find the talent their organizations need now and for the future?  We all know there are plenty of applicants, but finding qualified applicants with the right skills is a challenge. Our Workforce Committee is diligently working to address the talent gap in our community by providing various Workforce Readiness Initiatives to find ways on how to recruit new workforce entrants, orient them for success and develop our workforce for today and tomorrow.

What are the primary areas of focus for the Workforce Readiness Committee?

  • Veterans & 2nd Chance Talent reentering the workforce and furthering their careers.
  • HR Professional in Transition. Supporting needs of HR professionals through networking and Volunteer opportunities, and introductions to the AHRMA Mentor/Mentee program.    
  • Development of a diverse future workforce through various initiatives.

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If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about Workforce Readiness opportunities, please email 

Meet our Vice President of Austin SHRM's Workforce Readiness Committee Metha Vasquez


Lori Dodge, KaSondra Stephens, Elizabeth Gaschot, Thathiana Bermudez, Shanon Holley, Angel Palmieri, Paco Martinez, Allie Neh 
Charlene Bethel

Created for HR professionals, this new education program from the SHRM Foundation will focus on best practices to attract, hire, and retain veterans. Participants will earn a Certificate after completing a multi-faceted program that includes:

  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace
  • Demonstrate your commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals
  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification

The certification program will launch on November 14. All will be FREE and open to all HR professionals. Anyone holding the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential may also receive 10 professional development credits toward their recertification.

Click here to learn more & to register.

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