Is K-12 ready for competency-based hiring?

There are very few silver linings emerging from the global education-related pandemic, but one is a crystallized view of the importance of “skills visibility”. Skills are and will soon be the currency of the emerging new global talent and hiring ecosystem.

This means that learners and employees will be judged and discovered digitally not by a paper resume that lists their college major, clubs and activities, and work experience so far, but instead they will be digitally discoverable by employer search engines that define algorithms. search for named skills (so skills become currency).

Why does this vision emerge? At Education Design Labwhere we have been mapping and designing new educational models around the needs of “new majority learners” for eight years, we have ourselves been surprised by how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated three key factors.

First: There is growing recognition that employers want to move to a “skills-based” hiring system. The Society for Human Resource Management has just released a study suggesting that 70% of employers want to assess candidates based on their demonstrated skills. This is to send better signals for career preparation and to diversify their workforce, in the belief that opening up professional careers to those without a university degree will help nurture their careers. hiring.

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