A purple sphere of possibility.

"We believe that skills-based education and employment practices will bring greater opportunity to learners and workers across the nation..."

-Andy Trainor

Vice President of Learning


What are skills?

What is skills-based education?

Skills-based education focuses on building a learner’s skills and making those skills evident across learning experiences and programs. Skills-based education can help students capitalize on the skills they have earned, no matter where they have earned them, and more easily identify learning opportunities that will help them achieve their career goals.

What is skills-based hiring?

Skills-based hiring focuses on a candidate’s verified skills rather than other subjective criteria. Skills-based hiring can help employers access talent that is generally overlooked by traditional hiring methods, such as people of color, women, people with disabilities, people with criminal records, people who have paused their careers to care for family members, and people who lack a four-year degree.

What are open skills and open standards?

Open skills are publicly available skills datasets published using harmonized open standards, with each skill or library of skills made available on the open web. Open standards enable compatibility and harmonization as technologies are developed and spread through open licensing of commonly developed specifications or guidelines that ensure interoperability in technology products.

RSDs : The What & How

Rich Skills Descriptors Machine-readable, searchable data that include the context behind a skill, giving users a common definition for a particular skill, and achieving skills interoperability in credentials, education and training opportunities, job profiles, and learner records. Publish an RSD

What is a Learning and Employment Record (LER)?

LERs are comprehensive, exchangeable digital records of achievements learned in school, on the job, through volunteer experiences, or in the military and may be represented as skills, competencies, course, certifications, degrees, and other credentials. LERs may also contain validated work history, portfolio artifact/evidence, self-asserted accomplishments, etc. Learners control their privacy, discovery, and sharing of their LER. LERs may also be referred to as Interoperable Learning Records (ILRs).

What do we mean when we refer to "skills"?

A "skill" represents knowledge, abilities, or learned behaviors described in a short phrase that communicates discrete, discernable value an individual can demonstrate or acquire.

Info image on Rich Skill Descriptors and empowering skills-based education and hiring.
Info image about the history and purpose of the Open Skills Network (OSN).
Info image on the goals and partners of the Open Skills Network (OSN).