RICH SKILL DESCRIPTORS

Rich Skill Descriptors (RSDs) are machine-readable, searchable data that include the context behind a skill, giving users a common definition for a particular skill and help to make it understandable and transferable across the learning-earning landscape.

GOALS OF RSDs

EARNED

Can be earned individually to be included in learner-earner records such as achievement wallets.

EQUAL

Increase equal access to opportunities on an individual’s pathway and the credentials they earn along the way because they are easily transferable.

TRANSFERABLE

Can be included in skill libraries to identify transferable skills between occupations and industries.

SHARABLE

Share meaning and act as a common language within the skills they define in a digital format.

Recording Science Class

INTEROPERABLE

Achieve skills interoperability in credentials, education and training opportunities, job profiles, and learner records.

KEY FEATURES

NAME

A short skill name that is clear, concise, and succinctly describes the nature of the RSD.

CONTEXT

A contextualized skill statement that is in alignment with Lightcast labor market skills.

CATEGORY

A statement that represents the foundational applied capability or behavior for a given task, occupation, or need.

METADATA

Can include information connecting the skill to specific collections, keywords, employers, alignment to the Standard Occupational Classification system, professional standards and certifications, alignment to Lightcast Open Skills Taxonomy

RSDS + Employers

RSDs link skills to job descriptions in ways that clearly articulate to job candidates the specific skills required for open positions. RSDs help individuals align their skills to what employers are looking for, streamlining the path to employment and career advancement. 

WHAT ARE RSDS?

BENEFITS OF RSDS

RSDS & THE SKILLS ECOSYSTEM