The skills gap is not just an employer engagement problem, it’s also a technology problem.

When it comes to data and technology innovation, the education and workforce space is ripe for major advancement and transformation. However, the current landscape is not poised to optimize the technology solutions available to it in large part because of data silos, fragmentation, and lack of standardization across key stakeholders in the talent marketplace.

Together, we are building the technology infrastructure to allow employers to signal the skills they need, for learners to signal what they can do, and for educators to signal what people are being trained and educated to do.

Phase Two

Lumina Foundation is joined by Walmart in supporting Phase Two of the T3 Innovation Network, announced via press release in December 2018.

The focus of Phase Two is implementing a series of ten pilot projects, outlined in the Phase One report, that will help us build the technology infrastructure and data/system standards we need to modernize the U.S. talent marketplace by aligning learner, education, and workforce data. 

Areas of Focus

The ten pilot projects are organized into four specific areas of focus.

Open Data

Promote technical standard harmonization and interoperability to support competency data exchange, worker/learner records, and digital identities and its use by government entities.

Comprehensive Learner &
Worker Records

Identify gaps in and develop public-private standards for employment records, earnings records, and learner records. Explore and promote adoption of enhanced public-private standards by federal and state entities. 

Open, Shared
Competency Infrastructure

Develop guidance and tools to author, curate, translate, and distribute open and shared competency and skill statements across all stakeholders in the talent marketplace. 

Linked, Individual
Level Data

Design protocols for empowering individual workers and learners with their data through new and emerging self-sovereignty technologies, such as distributed ledger and block chain. 

The Network

The T3 Network is comprised of more than 200 organizations, including businesses, postsecondary institutions, technical standards organizations, and human resource professionals and their technology vendors.

Meet the Team


Background & Phase 1 Reports

In early 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Lumina Foundation launched the T3 Innovation Network. Learn more about the background behind the T3 Innovation Network, read the Phase 1 report, or read the four Work Group reports.

Background & Reports

Pilot Projects Overview