Initiative Builds Workers’ Skills, Helps With Job Placement

Certiport, which provides training and certification opportunities for digital literacy and desktop productivity, recently teamed up with Utah’s Kelly Services in a new initiative to help candidates improve their skills and get placed in jobs.

“Part of the reason why we ended up looking at partnerships with employment folks is that the DNA of certification required that we prove content of knowledge and skills,” said Certiport President and CEO David Saedi. “And the people we get to [participate] also need to be familiar with what [the program] can do for them.”

Under this new partnership, Certiport will offer its certification programs to Kelly workers, and in turn, Kelly will place certified workers with employers in Utah. These certifications include the basic IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification) and the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.

These certifications provide a foundation for any type of information worker, Saedi said.

“[Jobs for information workers] constitute about seven out of 10 new jobs created in the United States today. Anybody who wants to be employed and have to work in an office environment needs to have office skills,” he said. “Our certifications are focused on moving people from the digital literacy steps, if you have no knowledge, to get those digital literacy components out of the way, then move to desktop proficiency. And then there are options afterwards: You can either go into the IT industry as they prepare you for programs such as the A+…


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