Maryland launches nation’s first initiative to recruit experienced candidates without a degree
Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of a multi-pronged workforce development initiative, the first in the nation, to officially eliminate the requirement for a four-year university degree from thousands of jobs in the state. Led by the Maryland Department of Labor and the Maryland Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the state will work with partners to recruit and market these positions to job seekers who are “qualified through alternative pathways.” (STAR).
The governor was joined for today’s announcement by Secretary Tiffany Robinson of the Maryland Department of Labor and Byron Augustus, CEO and co-founder of Opportunity@Work, a nonprofit labor development organization. workforce that will work with DBM to specifically identify Maryland “STARs” in the IT, administrative, and customer service industries.
“Through these efforts we are launching today, we are ensuring that qualified and undergraduate candidates are regularly considered for these career change opportunities,” Governor Hogan said. “This is exactly the kind of bold, bipartisan solution we need to continue to lead the country by giving even more Marylanders the opportunities they need to succeed.”
Watch today’s announcement.
The state of Maryland employs more than 38,000 people, and DBM estimates that more than half of those jobs can replace relevant experience, education, and/or college education with a four-year degree. There are over 300 state government jobs currently open that no longer require a four-year degree, all of which are now listed on “Stellarworx”, Opportunity@Work’s innovative STARs talent marketplace.
STARs are 25 or older, active in the workforce, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have developed their skills through alternative avenues such as community college, apprenticeship, military service, training camps and, most often, on the job. Opportunity@Work estimates that there are currently over 70 million STARs in the United States.
“There are more than a million people in Maryland who don’t have a license, but who have skills for jobs that are in demand by both the state of Maryland and other employers,” Auguste said. . “These Maryland workers are STARs — qualified through alternative pathways — such as community college, military service, workforce training, on-the-job learning and more. By launching this initiative and recruiting STAR talent on Stellarworx, Governor Hogan and his administration are making it clear that Maryland values all skills in its diverse workforce. This will allow more Marylanders to work, learn and reach their full potential and is a promising model for other states and employers to follow.
Of the 2,869,000 workers in Maryland today, more than 1.3 million, or 47 percent, are considered STARs. Nationally, 61% of black workers, 55% of Hispanic workers, 66% of rural workers of all races, and 61% of veterans are STARs.