Yes. TechHire New Mexico has heard from hundreds employers expressing concerns about the labor pool lacking soft skills. A critical component of the TechHire New Mexico program is the requirement that each participant complete the *Core Score Soft Skills Assessment, and associated *Penn Foster Career Readiness (soft skills) Training. In addition, each TechHire New Mexico participant is required to complete the *Entrepreneurship Course that also includes a soft skills training component.

TechHire New Mexico’s training providers also recognize the soft skills gap and have addressed soft skills training as part of their Tech/IT training curriculum.

There are a variety of ways TechHire New Mexico is able to assist employers in bridging the soft skills gap. For example, we provide many employers with access to the Core Score Soft Skills assessment tool that they use to pre-screen potential employees. We also work with employers to provide Core Score Soft Skills Assessment, Penn Foster Soft Skills, and Entrepreneurship training to all new hires as part of the employer’s on boarding process. The approximate cost of the assessment and associated trainings is $500 per person, and the cost is covered by the TechHire New Mexico grant.

*The Core Score Soft Skills Assessment was developed by Innovate+Educate and is utilized successfully by major employers and programs including Walmart and New Mexico Workforce Connection.  The Core Score Soft Skills Assessment measures the following core competencies:

Critical Thinking            Communication            Customer Service

Adaptability                 Drive for Results           Leadership

For more information about the Innovate+Educate and Core Score Soft Skills Assessment, go to:

https://innovate-educate.org/ and https://corescore.jobs/

*Penn Foster was one of the first pioneers of distance learning. With more than 30,000 graduates each year across the United States, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are self-paced and personalized. Penn Foster Career Readiness (Soft Skills) Training teaches nine (9) valuable soft skills:

Communication                                    Problem Solving/Decision Making

Planning/Time Management                 Professionalism/Adaptability

Problem Solving/Technology Tools        Teamwork

Customer Service                                 Respect

Integrity

For more information about the Penn Foster Career Readiness (Soft Skills) training, go to:

https://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/general-studies/career-readiness-bootcamp-certificate

*Cisco Networking Academy has changed the lives of 9.2 million students in 180 countries by providing education, technical training, and career mentorship. Through the Entrepreneurship course, participants learn to view their job from the perspective of technology venture ownership, empowerment, inspiration and innovative problem solving. They increase their self-confidence and personal ambition, improve leadership skills and financial literacy, and become more customer-focused.

For more information about Cisco Networking Academy, go to:

https://www.netacad.com/