Education and credentialing

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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.

Join the movement

We’re creating an alliance of like-minded companies, policy groups, and institutions that will change the way companies hire, advance, and help more people thrive. Whether you’re interested in sharing barriers that your team is working to overcome, or ready to explore partnership opportunities, the time for equity at work is now.

If you’re a job seeker, visit myKellyJobs to find your next opportunity.

Let’s partner!