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Speaker: Ryan Downey | Director of Recruitment & Admissions, Year Up Greater Atlanta

Over the next decade, more than 12 million middle-skills, entry-level roles are projected to go unfilled in the United States as employers struggle to identify and cultivate talent needed to fill these roles – particularly within the information technology sector. At the same time, there are more than 6 million 18-24 year olds who are neither working nor enrolled in school full-time. These young adults, Opportunity Youth, present a viable solution to a persistent challenge faced by our companies. In order to tap into this talent pool, however, companies must embrace a culture that identifies competencies over credentials and look for talent in sometimes unexpected places.

This session will provide information about hiring trends such as upskilling and the credentials gap that have led to challenges in hiring and retaining talent in our companies, and it will provide the business case for re-thinking our talent sourcing practices to be more inclusive and wide-reaching. Participants will walk away with actionable steps that they can take to open up their talent pool to Opportunity Youth along with the knowledge needed to influence key stakeholders within their organizations to shift toward a model based on competencies over credentials.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the key drivers of the Opportunity Divide and unpack trends such as upskilling and the credentials gap.
  2. Identify the business case for enacting hiring practices that emphasize competencies over credentials.
  3. Discuss methods for influencing change within organizational hiring practices to generate ROI in talent acquisition, employee retention, and diversity and inclusion.

SHRM BoCK Competencies:

  1. Leadership & Navigation
  2. HR Expertise