The Bay Area is home to 1.1 million workers who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) rather than through a four-year degree.1 Despite having in-demand skills, many STARs have been displaced during the COVID crisis. We’re calling on Bay Area employers to work together toward hiring at least 5,000 Bay Area STARs in full-time, middle-wage jobs by 2024.
Bay Area STARs ready to transition to a better career can visit skillup.org/bay-area to find jobs & training near you.
*STARs (noun) — There are 70 million adults in the U.S. who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes such as community college, workforce training, bootcamps, certificate programs, military service or on-the-job learning, rather than through a four-year degree. STARs include the majority of Black, Hispanic, and essential workers, as well as veterans.
Bay Area Opportunity Onramps employers gain access to our new Stellarworx online talent platform, which leverages Workday’s skill cloud to help employers find, vet and hire local STARs that both meet their need for skilled talent and are essential to achieving an equitable economic recovery.
The Stellarworx talent marketplace aggregates untapped tech talent all in one place. Finding, screening, and hiring non-traditional talent has never been so easy.
Using the criteria that you specify, we can help deliver your dream shortlist faster. The higher the candidate’s “match score”, the more likely you are to have found your next STAR employee.
Make a more informed decision about a candidate’s skills (even the so-called “soft” ones) based on the ratings, reputation, and feedback given by a knowledgeable third-party — the people who trained them.
Is your business at risk of disproportionately screening out African Americans, Latinx, rural Americans, and other diverse communities by requiring a four-year college degree?
Hiring non-traditional talent doesn’t mean compromising on performance. In fact, 68% of employers say STARs are at least as productive as employees with a four-year degree.3
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Source: American Community Survey, University of Minnesota Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample, 2020
Source: Opportunity@Work & Accenture Reach for the STARs Study, 2020
Source: Harvard Business School, Accenture & Grads of Life Study, 2016-17, p. 23