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Skills over Education: When pragmatism reaches the government!

At CodeBoxx, we have been repeating over and over again how skills and experience are worth a lot more in today’s tech industry than traditional education and diplomas given the massive labor shortage. For many years now, private companies were forced to demonstrate pragmatism and adapt their hiring practices in order to keep growing. This new orientation is most of the time started by a business’ leaders and is reflected in all areas of companies over time. Here are some examples from prominent business people:

Many tech companies like Google, Apple, and IBM no longer require a college degree for some of their top jobs, according to Glassdoor. While many companies still require a degree, others have begun to realize needed skills and experience that can be gained through nontraditional routes. There are so many other examples of this, but this new approach that sets elitism aside has taken a whole new step forward in the past weeks. In the USA, The White House has signed an executive order reforming and modernizing the assessment and hiring of federal job candidates. Here is an excerpt:

America’s private employers have modernized their recruitment practices to better identify and secure talent through skills- and competency-based hiring.  As the modern workforce evolves, the Federal Government requires a more efficient approach to hiring.  Employers adopting skills- and competency-based hiring recognize that an overreliance on college degrees excludes capable candidates and undermines labor-market efficiencies.  Degree-based hiring is especially likely to exclude qualified candidates for jobs related to emerging technologies and those with weak connections between educational attainment and the skills or competencies required to perform them.  Moreover, unnecessary obstacles to opportunity disproportionately burden low-income Americans and decrease economic mobility.

You can read the full legislative piece here: White House Executive Order on Skills over Education

Now that even a federal government, when historically governments are among the lasts to react and adapt to new approaches and methods, will apply skill- and competency-based hiring processes, it proves that we have reached a point of no return. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has created all sorts of problems, produced sad stories and put a lot of people out of work, but if we want to look at it on the bright side, it will create great opportunities for many people to reorient their career towards promising and high-paying sectors such as the tech sector. To do so, people need to reskill and/or upskill themselves and they need a quick and efficient alternative that will help them gain these highly-valued, even by the government now, skills and competencies. CodeBoxx is the perfect mean to this end.

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