Skilled Credentials at Work
Be Ready for the Future
Every day, businesses miss out on talented people because their gifts, aptitude and skills aren't as easy to identify as a degree on a resume. HR leaders must step up to make all learning paths count in assessing whether a person can thrive in a job.
To widen pathways to work, employers need the tools and training to assess a prospective worker's full set of competencies, gifts and skills, including and beyond those conferred by traditional education degrees.
Common Types of Skilled Credentials U.S. Workers Hold
Course completion certificates
Industry or professional certificates
Why are skilled credentials essential to success?
Embracing skilled credentials means opening the aperture to a wider range of qualified candidates for positions, at a moment when more and more jobseekers are choosing to develop their skills either outside of, or in addition to, traditional 2 and 4-year college degrees.
Our Latest Work
SHRM Foundation is working hard to increase knowledge, reduce barriers, and support HR in transitioning towards a skills-based hiring and retention mindset.
Do certifications, badges, and apprenticeships replace traditional education and experience? SHRM and SHRM Foundation's research examines employer and employee perspectives on skilled credentials.
Ready for Success: Adopting a Skills Mindset in Employment Practices offers a solution to talent acquisition challenges. This action-oriented toolkit, comprising 12 steps, empowers organizations to confidently advance the adoption of a skills-based hiring approach.
Discover the Skilled Credentials Action Planner, a free, self-paced tool for HR. Packed with resources, it's your guide to assessment and crafting a workplan for a skills-first strategy plan for your organization.
Embracing Learning Employment Record (LERs) and emerging HR technology is key to the future of work. LERs offer compliance and insights that can enhance human capital strategies, fostering a productive, harmonious digital-age workplace.
SHRM Foundation’s HR Apprenticeship Program is closing the skills gap in HR by leveraging a learn and earn model to support employers of all sizes. Apprenticeships allow employers to provide customized training and are a way to tap into a more diverse pool of job candidates.
Ready for Success: Adopting a Skills Mindset in Employment Practices is a toolkit to solve your talent acquisition issues. This 12-step, action-oriented toolkit is designed to help HR confidently drive progress in adoption a skillsbased hiring mindset.
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