A joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson, GED Testing Service (GEDTS) has empowered over 20 million Americans to earn a high school equivalency credential and opened doors for higher education and better jobs. GEDTS has partnered with over 24 national companies ever since the launch of its GEDWorks program in 2015 to help employees earn their GED credentials free of cost. As of today, around 4000 students have been benefited with this program.
The participants of this program are provided access to personal advisors, online study materials, practice tests, connections to local education programs, and free GED tests. As a result, GEDWorks candidates are 81% more likely to earn their diplomas than students who are pursuing the course on their own.
The most recent additions to the list of companies partnered with GED Testing Service are EPI Breads and Bell’s Brewery. EPI Breads is a large-scale bakery based out of Georgia, Texas, and Michigan locations, while Bell’s Brewery is spread over a 39-state area with a total of 550 staff members.
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EPI Breads, as an organization, emphasizes on attracting and retaining quality talent and helping the employees earn their no-cost GED has had additional benefits to the morale and skill levels of the staff, disclosed Hugh Sullins, the CEO.
Similar has been the scenario with Bell’s Brewery where Emily Schuiling, HR Services Manager quoted, “When we discovered a talent pool that was rich in passion and dedication, but didn’t meet the hiring requirements for some of our roles, we knew we needed to help fill that gap. GEDWorks has been nothing short of amazing.”
The network of GEDWorks employers range from a plethora of industries counting but not limited to food service, manufacturing, retail, media, and transportation. The most reputed employers include the likes of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Sheetz, Texas Department of Transportation, Benchmark Electronics, UGN, and Southeastern Grocers.
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In a nutshell, GEDWorks has created a scope for working professionals who couldn’t complete their schooling earlier and were missing out on higher education and possible employment opportunities due to lack of high-school diploma. Many a time, when a vacancy opens up in an organization internally, the same position can’t be offered to a person who could be a promising fit for the job owing to his/her constant experience and exposure, but doesn’t meet a minimum educational requirement criteria. This practice can change now, and change for good! Companies can now enroll willing professionals into the GEDWorks course for the benefit of both the organization and the employees. Added avenues will come up for them to take the next professional leap and HR Managers would be able to hire from an extended pool of deserving candidates and re-assign eligible staff to further suitable and superior roles as and when required.
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