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No Degree? No Problem

By: Jay Ash and Lane Glenn on Feb 10, 2024

The article highlights Massachusetts' highly educated workforce and the challenges posed by credential inflation, especially for underrepresented groups. To address this, there's a growing movement towards skills-based hiring, championed by employers like Vertex Pharmaceuticals and initiatives led by Gov. Maura Healey. Employers can implement skills-based hiring by revising job descriptions, offering alternative ways for candidates to demonstrate their skills, and partnering with organizations like Year Up to prepare diverse talent for STEM careers. Embracing skills-based hiring expands the talent pool, reduces bias, increases diversity, and addresses the looming skilled worker shortage predicted for Massachusetts.

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