General Motors has waived the four-year degree requirement for many of its jobs and will revise its hiring process to help people from under-represented populations.
The carmaker wants to be the most inclusive company in the world and through this, has adopted a skills-based recruitment process and identified three key pillars for its new workforce strategy, Auto News Report
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The first pillar is DE&I Consulting Integration that will help GM develop inclusive leaders, the second pillar focuses on workforce innovation aimed at eliminating biases that may affect employee experience, and the third revolves around workforce design that paves the way for new companies. By Employees do not have to have a four-year degree.
“From a soft skills perspective, we really need people who can connect with people,” explains Tammy Golden, executive director of diversification, equity and inclusion at GM. “When you focus on what you need for a job, say, a four-year degree as your ticket, it gives you the opportunity to open an aperture in another pool of talent.”
The new strategy sees nearly half of the 500 group leaders hired by GM in recent months come from under-represented categories, including those defined by GM as women, people of color, and those with indigenous traditions.
As part of GM’s overhaul of recruitment, it has established a Transition Pathway Scholarship with Udacity. The first of these scholarships focuses on work in the Detroit and Pontiac area of Michigan, where 100 scholarships are available for women and people of color. While students are eligible for scholarships even if they do not have a four-year degree, many are expected to come from high school.
Golden added that General Motors wants to close equity gaps where it has offices and plants.