Workers Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) other than a bachelor’s degree demonstrate valuable skills on the job, but the vast majority don’t get the opportunities to develop their full potential. Why not?
We surveyed more than 900 workers and 200 managers and found persistent patterns in workplace behavior that diminish STARs’ opportunities for development. This issue undermines STARs’ ability to deploy their full potential in the labor market, to the detriment of the workers who seek economic mobility and the businesses that need skilled workers.
While STARs have confidence in their skills, they do not believe managers believe in their skills. They experience less investment in their development than their degreed colleagues.
This talent investment gap has business costs. A failure to invest in employee talent undermines employee morale, retention, and productivity.
Download the report for tips on how to solve this issue, such as:
• Commit institutional resources to supporting STARs’ advancement
• Open pathways to management and leadership for STARs
• Build manager skills in inclusive talent development