Trump Signs Order To Prioritize Skill Over College Degree In Federal Hiring

Trump Signs Order To Prioritize Skill Over College Degree In Federal Hiring

The revised hiring practices of the government comes as a measure to ensures that the applicant's skills are prioritized over a college degree.

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Cover Image Source: Facebook/President Donald J. Trump

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would no longer require Americans to have a college degree while applying for federal jobs. The revised hiring practices of the government comes as a measure to ensure that the applicant's skills are prioritized over a college degree reports USA TODAY.  Administration officials believe that this overhaul will allow the government to actually hire a more inclusive team based on their skills rather than their education level. "This will ensure that we’re able to hire based on talent and expand our universe to qualified candidates and ensure a more equitable hiring process," shared the president’s daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump.


 The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which was created in 2018, is co-chaired by Ivanka Trump. This board was assigned the task of recommending ways in which job training could be improved. "The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and talents that you bring to the job," said Trump, who signed the order on Friday during the board's meeting. Speaking about this new process of hiring, Ivanka said that this would show that the government is leading by example as it attempts to recruit and retain the best and promising workers. 


Ivanka and many other administration officers have pushed to expand opportunities for apprenticeships. They have also promoted such training and vocational education as alternatives to the traditional two-year or four-year college degree programs. Brooke Rollins, who is the acting director of the White House Domestic Policy Council that supervises the domestic agenda of the President, explained that this new move would highlight the value of learning irrespective of where it had occurred be it at school or at the workplace.   


However, this move doesn't exclude college requirements entirely. Instead, more emphasis will be laid on the skills the candidates possess regardless of their degree. This measure could be a boon for many as the federal government is America's largest employer that employs 2.1 million civilian workers. About two-thirds of the nation's residents do not have a college degree which is a requirement for employment in several occupational fields. However, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Michael Rigas did mention that the educational credentials are less certain in other fields. 


This executive order from the President directs federal agencies to switch from vetting candidates mainly based on their educational credentials and written questionnaires to using assessment methods that will directly determine if they possess the knowledge and skills for the job, explained Rigas. He further added that the government will overhaul job qualification standards in the event of limited opportunities for those with diverse backgrounds. "The federal government should welcome job seekers with needed skills, regardless of how they acquired them," he continued.  


The workforce advisory board’s other co-chair and Commerce Secretay Wilbur Ross said that the need for skills training and apprenticeships is as much as it was before the coronavirus pandemic came along. It forced millions out of their jobs bringing the national unemployment rate over 13 percent in May. "Americans are eager to get to work but they need our help," added Ross.  Social media denizens had mixed reviews about this shift in employment rules. 


User sooner_okc wrote: So not only is a government contact going to lowest bidder but the least educated now. That sounds about right for the GOP! MommyFrazzled shared: This must be a joke! His whole family did jobs they weren't even qualified for much less had any background work in. Now he wants to make rules for others. But there were some supporters of the decision like Deb who expressed: Having a college degree doesn’t amount to much, especially these days. The best workers are the ones who learn a skill by “hands-on” training, not a damn book.


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