Workplace Readiness Skills Modules

Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS)

A collection of instructional materials from the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States to prepare learners for the Workplace Readiness Skills assessment.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Verbal Communication, Initiative, Creativity, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Respect for Diversity, Information & Technology

Instructor resources

  • Workplace readiness lessons in 22 skill areas, including creativity, integrity, respect for diversity, and information literacy skills
  • Featured resources include lesson plans with class activities, formative assessments, Quizlet vocabulary cards, assessment rubrics, and correlations to connected workplace readiness skills
  • Additional resources and lessons for each skill from the CTECS partner

Key Takeaways

  • The workplace readiness modules use workplace-based situations and/or are drawn from adult learner resources, making them appropriate for adult learners.
  • The modules are designed for class instruction to help Career & Technical Education (CTE) students pass the Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment.
  • Learners can find test-taking practice on other parts of the website.
  • The lesson plans can be used alone or integrated with other content-specific lessons.
  • The multi-part lessons can be taught over several weeks, with assessments at regular intervals to check for understanding.
  • The research and many of the readings are geared to readers with 9th to 12th-grade–level equivalency, though most of the activities could be used as is or adapted for use with less advanced readers.
  • The personal and workplace success skills are learned through workplace scenarios, often using videos and materials from other resources, such as Skills To Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success.

The Career and Technical Consortium of States (CTECS) Workplace Readiness Skills modules assist students in passing the Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment. The instructional modules were initially developed by the Virginia Career and Technical Education initiative to assist teachers in preparing students for the assessment which Virginia piloted in 2011. The assessment has since been adopted by members of the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States, which includes Nevada, Idaho, South Carolina, Maine, and California. The current learning modules include resources from many of the states in the consortium.


Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Leadership & Initiative

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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