All posts by Jim Duane

About Jim Duane

Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the workforce development field. At St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group, Jim is the manager and lead WorkKeys job task and skill profiler for the WorkKeys Solution Center. Throughout his 10 plus years as a WorkKeys Job Profiler, Jim has worked with numerous large, medium and small size companies in the aerospace/defense, beverage, cement manufacturing, construction, drug manufacturing, electric utility, healthcare, hospital, petroleum-chemical processing, and sporting goods industries. His team has conducted approximately 50,000 WorkKeys assessments for companies, organized labor, schools, and organizations. He has also presented at national and regional conferences, chaired regional workforce resource committees, and conducted numerous local, statewide and national focus groups around workforce development. He has received the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Leadership in workforce development. This award was based on the Malcolm Baldridge quality management criteria.
  • The Importance of Continuing ACT's Workplace Observation WorkKeys Assessment
    The Importance of Continuing ACT’s Workplace Observation WorkKeys Assessment

    We have been informed by ACT that they looking at setting up a sunset time frame for their Workplace Observation. We find it hard to believe that in this time when there is an emphasis on safety,...

    • Posted November 10, 2016
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  • WorkKeys Works - Company Growth or Expansion?
    WorkKeys Works – Company Growth or Expansion?

    Growing or expanding a business can be a costly matter. Make sure your business plan includes all aspects of one of your most important and costly assets, your workforce.

    • Posted July 10, 2014
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  • WorkKeys Use Model
    Spreading the Word (STLCC WorkKeys Use Model)

    St. Louis is on the cutting edge of developing a workable, “value added” business and education partnership with our STLCC “WorkKeys Use Model” - a way of involving companies and appropriate educational units into all aspects of...

    • Posted April 9, 2014
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  • 10,000 WorkKeys Assessments in Three Years!
    10,000 WorkKeys Assessments in Three Years!

    The WorkKeys Solution Center has completed 10,000 assessments in the last three years for training programs and the aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and service industries. We strive to be an integral part of our client’s...

    • Posted February 20, 2014
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  • Recruitment and Selection
    WorkKeys and Talent Development Cycle Applied

    Working with a local manufacturer, we will use the WorkKeys reading, locating information, and workplace observation assessment results to determine a candidate’s core foundational skills. Additionally, they can assess for “teamwork” and “managerial potential” personality traits that...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • WorkKeys Works – Job Tasks and Skills
    WorkKeys Works – Job Tasks and Skills – Huh?

    Companies have pointed out that the WorkKeys system provides a comprehensive system to refine applicant pools, match candidates to jobs, and identify skill gaps. Besides enhancing the ability to develop and retain a high performance workforce, it...

    • Posted October 25, 2013
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  • WorkKeys Works – The Aha Moment
    WorkKeys Works – The Aha Moment

    Workforce development professionals must address the needs of a company’s Talent Development Cycle if they want to be taken seriously. Here's how the ACT WorkKeys system fits into a company’s planning, recruitment/selection/hiring, skill development, performance/evaluation, and succession...

    • Posted July 26, 2013
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  • Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks
    ACT Study: Work Readiness Standards and Benchmarks

    How will we know if our talent pool is ready if we don’t adopt work readiness standards and benchmarks? Work Readiness benchmarks target skill levels that an individual should aim for in order to be considered work...

    • Posted June 5, 2013
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  • WorkKeys Works – Talent Development Cycle
    WorkKeys Works – Talent Development Cycle

    How many times do we question our approach in regards to communicating to others what we do? Hopefully, if we want to keep our approach fresh, we should do this quite regularly. In Talent Development, we sometimes...

    • Posted April 4, 2013
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  • Half Empty Or Half Full?
    WorkKeys Works – Managing Talent Development

    Our WorkKeys system is a powerful solution that includes both Foundational Skills and Soft Skills assessments, enabling assessment of the full potential of applicants and employees. The tools in this comprehensive system can be mixed and matched...

    • Posted December 20, 2012
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