Putting Skills to Work
Skilled credentials help workers signal knowledge, skills, and experience in a particular field. They can also be a valuable tool for employers making the shift to skills-first hiring (also referred to as skills-based hiring) by giving hiring decision makers the confidence to look beyond bachelor’s degrees and hire STARs, workers Skilled Through Alternative Routes.
According to the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), skilled credentials, “take a relatively short time to complete, are focused on specific skills, can be earned consecutively (‘stacked’), are verifiable, are often aligned to industries and can frequently be delivered digitally.”
Skilled credentials are often associated with the tech sector, but are also common in data analytics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, sales, administrative support, and more. They may be especially helpful in emerging fields where knowledge evolves rapidly and other learning pathways do not reflect the skills employers need.
The Paper Ceiling:
(n) the invisible barrier that comes at every turn for workers without a bachelor's degree.
See also: alumni network, biased algorithms, degree screens, stereotypes, and misconceptions.
STARs are workers who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes, rather than through a bachelor’s degree.
They’re the 50% of the workforce that has developed valuable skills through military service, community college, training programs, partial college completion, or, most commonly, on-the-job experience.
We’re fortunate to have many organizations who offer skilled credentials as partners in our efforts to tear the paper ceiling.
They are all great places for STARs to look as they seek out skilled credential opportunities.