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Trump Signs an Order Giving Priority to Skills over a College Degree in Job Hiring

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that will overhaul the government’s hiring practices by prioritizing the key skills of applicants over a college degree.

Administration officials say the shift will allow the government to hire a more inclusive workforce based on skill instead of a person’s education level.

“ This will ensure that we are able to hire based on talent and expand our universe to qualified candidates and ensure a more equitable hiring process,” Ivanka Trump, daughter of President and senior advisor, told reporters on Friday.

“The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and talents that you bring to the job,” Trump said.

Ivanka Trump said the new hiring practice will show that the government is leading by example as it tries to recruit and retain the best and brightest workers.

However, the government is not eliminating the college requirement entirely but instead will stress skills in jobs where having a degree is less important. Two- thirds of Americans do not have a college degree.

Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, the workforce advisory board’s other co-chair, said the need for skills training and apprenticeships is as great as it was before the corona virus pandemic forced millions of people out of work, pushing the national unemployment rate above 13% in May.

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