July 20, 2018

Not all jobs or careers require a bachelor or associate degree. Many employers cannot find enough qualified applicants to work in specialized hourly wage positions. Employers in manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality industries face a big challenge finding qualified candidates for entry positions, especially ones to fill the pipeline towards more advanced roles and careers.

“I believe we can change things,” Dr. Rachel Angel, founder of Peerro®, says “by providing students access to unfilled entry-level opportunities while creating pathways from those entry positions to better-paying opportunities that need additional skills or are in demand.”

Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 face a greater than 10 percent unemployment rate, when overall unemployment is around 4 percent, but it isn’t because there is a lack of unfilled jobs. 

Peerro® attracts students, young high school graduates and young adults by appealing to them on many levels. An important attraction for the candidate is that they understand the system on a visceral level. Put an easy to use mobile app into a young person’s hand and there is instant engagement. Challenge them to check off boxes, do challenges and by working through these game-like obstacles, they are making themselves more marketable and setting themselves up to be interview ready for a specific position.

 “Peerro® exposes young people to opportunities they don’t know about,” says Angel. “They don’t realize that if they are willing to do eight weeks of training, they can make twice as much at an entry-level job,” says Dr. Rachel Angel.

Through Peerro®, employers gain access to a large pool of potential workers plus a pipeline of people who have expressed the willingness to go through training, additional certification, or community college courses to move up to better-paying positions that require more than entry-level skills.

“If an employer can reduce the time to hire these young adults, and if they can keep them in the job for thirty to sixty days, they greatly improve the chance that the employee will stay,” Dr. Angel says.

If you would like more information about this topic, check out For addt’l information please contact Dr. Rachel Angel at 216-526-3296 or email at or [email protected]

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