General Motors earlier this year announced it would put more of an emphasis on skills by dropping the four-year degree requirements for some jobs. One GM executive says that move will help to diversify the talent pool.
GM executive director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tammy Golden on Thursday announced a partnership with OneTen.org, which works to connect Black applicants to well-paying job opportunities, with no four-year degree requirement, through its career marketplace. The organization comprises a coalition of chief executives and their companies pushing to upskill, hire and promote one million Black applicants who do not yet have a four-year degree into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement over the next 10 years.
“For a very long time, degrees have been made the priority, and skills aren’t highlighted,” said Golden, a part of a panel at Detroit Homecoming on talent and innovation. “Partnering with OneTen will help (GM) better access the array of talent that’s out there, and it’ll help us reframe our talent strategy. Partnerships like this are key. They help us craft opportunities and open the door to more equitable opportunities.”
Advanced education can be a barrier to some high-level positions, according to Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Talent Solutions & Engagement Officer Kerry Ebersole Singh. Singh on Thursday said the MEDC works with employers to determine if a four-year degree is necessary to perform a specific occupation.
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