Virginia plans to make major changes to its hiring practices by removing the requirement and priority that applicants for many government jobs have a higher education degree.
In a statement accompanying Tuesday’s announcement, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said, “This groundbreaking change in state employee recruitment practices will improve the hiring process, expand job seekers’ potential and career paths, and improve quality of service. We will strengthen our ability to provide
Youngkin’s office said in a news release that the change applies to nearly 90% of the state’s classified jobs. Effective July 1st.
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Labor Secretary Brian Slater said in a statement that the agency would instead “equally consider applicants with an equal mix and level of training, knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience.”
Virginia government agencies advertise an average of more than 20,000 job openings each year, according to a news release.
Mr. Yonkin, a Republican, has made labor force development a priority for his administration. This year’s Congress will streamline our currently scattered workforce development programs so that certain licensed and experienced workers, such as barbers and cosmetologists, will move to Virginia to work directly. Priority was given to legislation aimed at making it easier to