Skills beyond the degree
Why is a four-year degree a primary requirement for most jobs? Are alternative credentials—like certifications and on-the-job experience—equally valued?
- We’re refocusing our internal recruiting efforts around experience and skills, instead of degree credentials.
- We’re working with community, business, and academic leaders through Detroit Regional Talent Compact to improve our region’s access to people with post high-school education credentials, and to reduce equity gaps.
- We’ve also benefited from the expertise of Lumina Foundation and their focus on opening equitable pathways to work through education.
The higher education gap
51.3% of all working-age Americans attain education beyond high school.
31.6% of Black working-age Americans attain education beyond high school.
24.5% of Latinx working-age Americans attain education beyond high school.
38% of Americans believe companies often require too many academic credentials and education requirements when hiring for an open position.
Sources = Center for Economic and Policy Research; Kelly national survey conducted by Atomik Research, Feb 2021
Our commitment is clear
At Kelly, we won’t rest until more barriers to workforce entry and advancement are undone. The result? A more inclusive workforce where brighter futures are widespread. This commitment requires long-term grit, new thinking, strong partnerships, and bold action.