National Work Readiness Credential

Hit the ground running.  The National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) workshop will certify that you're ready for work.  The NWRC class consists of 25 hours of training in areas such as communication, work-place math, and customer service.  Having the NWRC lets an employer know that you have what it takes to be a great employee.  We offer it at no cost to you.  Classes are offered throughout the year, in the afternoons. 

Call (562) 570-4700 or visit the Youth Opportunity Center for more information.

How to Sign Up

Signing up is easy.  You must:

  • Be 16-24 years of age
  • Live in Long Beach or Signal Hill.
  • Be able to complete a 25-hour training program

Visit or call the Youth Opportunity Center.  Our friendly staff will assist you with any questions you may have.  Call us at (562) 570-4700.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this paid training?  No, but a job or internship is possible upon completion.
  2. How long is training?  It varies how many weeks the class will last.  Training is a total of 25 hours.
  3. What kind of jobs can we get after?  Any kind.  The National Work Readiness Credential is nationally recognized as proof of your readiness to work.
  4. Is there a cost?  No, the training is free.
  5. What will I learn in training?  Work related math, active listening, reading, and situational judgment.
  6. Am I guaranteed a job or internship?  Unfortunately not.  Youth would have to complete training and pass the National Work Readiness Credential test in order to be considered.
  7. Is this the Summer Youth Program?  No, the NWRC is a separate program, but you may be asked to complete it before being connected to a job.
  8. Do you provide bus passes to get to training?  Unfortunately we do not.
  9. Is this going to interfere with school?  Hopefully not.  The classes are usually held after school hours.  Usually from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
  10. What if I don't pass a certain section(s) of the test?  You can retake any part of the test 25 days after your original test date.
  11. What if I need help with a part of the test?  We have a CalSOAP Representative attending that can assist you with any part of the test.
  12. What do I need to bring?  Picture I.D., Social Security card, something to write with, and a great attitude.
  13. Is there a dress code?  We only ask that you do not wear anything offensive or something you can't wear at school.
  14. When is your next available training?  Classes are constantly changing.  Contact the Youth Opportunity Center for an up to date schedule.