Trump executive order directs feds to prioritize skills over college degrees in hiring

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Trump executive order directs feds to prioritize skills over college degrees in hiring

President Trump is reportedly preparing to redirect employers on how they should hire, prioritizing an applicant's skills over a university degree.

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President Trump is reportedly preparing to redirect employers on how they should hire, prioritizing an applicant’s skills over a university degree.

Fox News has learned that the president will likely sign an executive order Friday, instructing the nation’s largest employer, the federal government, to take a new direction in its hiring tactics.

The order is expected to occur during a board meeting that advises the administration on worker policies.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, adviser and co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, has recommended the federal government — which employs more than 2 million civilian workers — re-strategize who they hire.

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“We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates with the relevant competencies and knowledge, rather than simply recruiting based on degree requirements,” she told The Associated Press.

“We encourage employers everywhere to take a look at their hiring practices and think critically about how initiatives like these can help diversify and strengthen their workforce.”

The White House isn’t necessarily eliminating degree requirements but is instead encouraging that skillsets for jobs be prioritized, making a degree less important.

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Ivanka Trump believes this will broaden the workforce and improve it by being more inclusive.

“Americans are eager to get to work but they need our help,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

Ross, the board’s other co-chair, said the need for apprentices and vocational training was widely needed prior to the coronavirus pandemic that has now put millions of Americans out of work.

The Office of Personnel Management will be responsible for executing the new directive in an attempt to get more Americans back into the workforce quickly.

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Private companies are encouraged to follow this new protocol, and companies like IBM have already rolled out initiatives like this, reportedly hiring 15 percent of its workforce from non-traditional backgrounds last year — hiring based on skill rather than one’s level of education.

This strategy is expected to help employ individuals from underprivileged areas who could not necessarily afford a two- or four-year degree.

The workforce advisory board is expected to announce details of a private-sector ad campaign led by Apple, IBM and the nonprofit Ad Council as a way to encourage alternate pathways into the workforce besides education.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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