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Who We Are

We are a coalition of employers, education providers, policy makers, military, non-profits, and other stakeholders dedicated to advancing skills-based education and hiring. We envision a world where learners and workers are empowered to use their skills as currency - with the ability to understand the value of their achievements - within the employment and education marketplace.

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Our Purpose

To promote a more equitable, skills-driven labor market that matches learners and workers with skills-based education and career opportunities to the benefit of the individual, employer, and economy at large. 


Much of the data needed to support skills-based education and hiring already exists; however, this skills data is siloed, not easily accessible nor machine-actionable, making the switch to skills-based practices for most employers and education institutions a manual and expensive endeavor.


A national open skills infrastructure is critical to support the future of work and the development of agile and robust talent pipelines where all individuals can achieve their career goals. The scale and urgency needed for this transformation necessitates a significant commitment to the democratization of skills as a sharable, interoperable currency through the creation of a national network of open, accessible, machine-actionable skills.


Our work will enable workers and learners to move between education and work more rapidly and seamlessly along skills-based pathways. It will also reduce historical inequities in hiring as more people will be hired for what they can do. Individuals will be empowered to understand and communicate the value of their own skills and talent, and employers will see that talent and make informed, skills-based hiring decisions for the benefit of all.

Our Plan

  • Develop a vibrant community of practice to drive widespread adoption of skills-based hiring and education practices.

  • Establish Rich Skill Descriptors (RSDs) as the standard syntax for structured skills data.

  • Release a shared open-source tool to accelerate the adoption of RSDs and skills across the education and labor market.

  • Create a national network of open and proprietary skills libraries.