Higher Education No Longer Required to Get Government Position in the USA
US President Donald Trump on June 26 signed a decree changing the practice of admission to government work. Now the skills of the applicant have priority over having a higher education, writes USA Today.
Administration officials say the innovation will allow the government to approach hiring more inclusively, based on skills rather than the level of an individual’s education.
“This ensures that we can hire employees based on their talents, which will ensure a more equitable recruitment process,” said Ivanka Trump's daughter and senior adviser to the president.
She is co-chair of the American Human Resources Policy Advisory Council. This body was created in 2018, its task is to develop and recommend ways to improve the professional training of US residents.
“The federal government will no longer focus on where you studied, paying attention to the skills and talents that you apply in your work,” Trump said during the signing of the decree.
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The federal government is the largest employer in the United States, employing 2,1 million people.
Ivanka Trump believes that the new decree will allow the government to set an example for other employers. The presidential administration seeks to empower Americans by emphasizing that vocational education and courses can be an alternative to traditional college education.
“Changes in hiring protocols recognize the value of training, whether it happens in the workplace or in the classroom,” said Brooke Rollins, Acting Director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.
The government does not completely abolish the requirement for higher education for applicants. However, the availability of the necessary skills for work will be sufficient for appointment to positions where higher education is less important. It is worth noting that two-thirds of US residents do not have higher education.
“College knowledge or a higher education diploma is needed to work in many positions, but the need for it is less obvious for some other positions,” said Michael Rigas, Acting Director of the Human Resources Office.
According to Rigas, Trump’s decree obliges federal agencies to refuse to evaluate job applicants based on their education and questionnaires, and move on to using assessment methods that will directly determine whether candidates have the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the work.
The government will also review job qualification standards if they limit opportunities for people with different backgrounds.
“The federal government should welcome job seekers with the necessary skills, regardless of how they acquired them,” Rigas said.
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