Is the ERS Valid?

Yes, the scientific validity of the Employment Readiness Scale™ (ERS) has been established through the following process. The Employment Readiness ModelTM underlying the ERS was developed based on a review of the existing international research (especially from Australia, Canada, England, Sweden, and the U.S.), interviews with subject matter experts and agency staff, and focus groups with professional staff who had experience providing career and employment services to clients who were unemployed or on income assistance. The Scale itself, designed to measure that Employment Readiness ModelTM, was field tested over a period of three years in British Columbia, Canada with a total of 758 clients who were on employment insurance or income assistance. Of those clients, 6.5% were Aboriginal persons, 11.3% were persons with disabilities, 27.6% were visible minorities, and 47.5% were women. Statistical analyses of the data confirmed the internal and test-retest reliability of the factors, as well as the construct, concurrent, and predictive validity of the scale.

The development of the Employment Readiness ModelTM and the subsequent field testing of the Scale (in a labor market where unemployment was over 9%) were overseen by a joint Steering Committee of Human Resources Development Canada and the BC Ministry of Human Resources. The findings of this project were reported by the developers in a series of six major reports (which are property of the Crown), and they are summarized in the following government-approved document:

  •   Summary of Research on the Employment Readiness Scale™            

For individuals, what this means is that they can be confident that they are being assessed on all of the critical factors that are important for their work life success.