In Hiring Practices and Working Learner Success in the Learning Economy, Dr. Franci Phelan and Dr. Randal Peters explore the hiring landscape as it related to applicants who are already working while engaged in a learning experience, called “working learners.” The report used interviews with various-sized employers to examine contemporary hiring policies, and then investigates the efficacy of those policies in attracting and onboarding working learners. The authors find that the practices of the companies interviewed often did not support the hiring of young working learners. In fact, unclear competency expectations in employment criteria often make it difficult for young people without directly-related prior work experience to demonstrate proficiency. In addition, the authors contend that overvaluing higher levels of educational attainment can lead to underestimating the importance of the lifelong learning habits young working learners exhibit, and an over reliance on traditional recruitment practices often works against attracting a young and diverse applicant pool. The authors conclude that “firms who invest in innovative hiring strategies to engage young working learners will establish themselves as leaders in the learning economy.”
The report presents findings in the following areas:
· questioning conformity in an age of innovation;
· shifting the paradigm of education and work as separate and sequential; and
· achieving greater diversity through young working leaner inclusion.
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