ProExam and IYF Announce Strategic Partnership

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Partnership to Develop and Deliver the First Workforce Readiness Credential for the Global Market

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IYF is the ideal partner to help develop and distribute a workforce readiness credential for the global market.

ProExam, the most experienced organization serving the credentialing market and home to its Center for Innovative Assessments, and the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering today’s young men and women to be productive, engaged citizens announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership. This partnership combines ProExam expertise in developing research-based, innovative assessments designed to measure both noncognitive “soft” skills and knowledge with IYF’s Passport to Success® (PTS) initiative, a world-class life skills curriculum and training methodology, currently translated into 20 languages and implemented in more than 40 countries. Both organizations also bring an extensive global network of partners, dedicated to strengthening and expanding positive youth development and evidence-based assessment around the world.

“IYF is the ideal partner to help develop and distribute a workforce readiness credential for the global market,” said Robert Block, ProExam’s President and CEO. “The PTS program already equips young people ages 15 to 29 with the skills that help keep them in school and are in high demand by employers. Our assessment-based credential will serve as a powerful signal to employers and local governments that credentialed individuals possess characteristics that have been identified as critical to success in the workplace.”

William Reese, President & CEO of IYF said, “We are delighted to partner with ProExam to develop this innovative assessment of work readiness. Employers around the world and across multiple industries consistently tell us that these “soft” skills are at least as important as technical skills. Our joint assessment and credentialing venture will allow young people to demonstrate they have the skills that employers value most, and employers to feel confident that their investment in hiring that young person makes good business sense.”

About ProExam
Since 1941, ProExam has supported professional licensure and certification, training and continuing professional education with its full, flexible range of assessment and advisory services. Today ProExam’s Center for Innovative Assessments helps clients develop new ways to accurately measure noncognitive skills. The Center serves ProExam’s traditional clients as well as new markets that traverse the educational and workplace sectors. ProExam is a not-for-profit organization with uniquely tailored services, a dedication to personal attention and insight into emerging trends and new ways to measure 21st Century skills and beyond. Learn more at http://www.ProExam.org.

About IYF
The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering today’s young men and women to be productive, engaged citizens. Foundational to that mission is Passport to Success® (PTS), a world-class life skills curriculum originally developed with generous support from the GE Foundation. Now adapted and implemented in every corner of the globe, PTS is a catalyst for change, helping young people achieve success in school, work, and life.

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