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Connecting Leading Edge Talent Development Strategies with Opportunity Youth (2016)
Co-Learning Plan - 2016
Author: Steve Bennett, Humanity 2.0
Opportunity Youth, or individuals aged 16-24 who are disconnected from both mainstream employment and a formal education setting, face obstacles that exceed the traditional dynamics associated with unemployment. In this Co-Learning Plan, the author examined the intersection of Evidence-Based Selection Processes (EBSP) with the Opportunity Youth. When done right, EBSP can help improve key metrics that all employers care about, including time-to-hire, retention, productivity, and diversity metrics. EBSP also helps reduce both overt and covert bias that is built into human resource processes by relying on more objective analysis for hiring decisions. The final product was written as a handbook to align young untapped talent with current existing job openings as a means to drive local economic development.
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