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Governors Innovate to Spur Skills-Based Hiring

Governors Innovate to Spur Skills-Based Hiring

Bipartisan laws like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the CHIPS and Science Act are designed to support thousands of jobs in every state.

Jobs upgrading infrastructure and expanding high-speed internet. Jobs in fields with critical shortages, like health care and cybersecurity. And jobs that are essential to competitiveness in the 21st century, like the manufacture of electric vehicles, microchips and semiconductors.

Governors banded together on a bipartisan basis to push for these laws, and now they are busy implementing them – breaking ground on long-planned projects.

But these investments can’t get off the ground without workers. To build a 21st century workforce prepared to succeed in promising new career fields, Governors are taking action on multiple fronts to advance skills-based hiring, work-based learning and other policies that open doors for workers.

Skills-based hiring

Millions of jobs require something 62% of Americans don’t have: a college degree.

Degree requirements make sense for some fields. But for too many job opportunities, a degree requirement is a barrier that causes employers to overlook qualified applicants who have gained skills through vocational training, community college, military service, and on-the-job experience.

Over the past year and a half,

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