Launched in 2018, the T3 Innovation Network’s mission is to accelerate the digital transformation of a more diverse and equitable talent marketplace through data interoperability supported by collective action and shared governance. Composed of employers, K-12 and postsecondary institutions, business and education associations, public agencies, and the data standards organizations and technology partners that support them, the T3 Network has led the way in exploring how data standards and Web 3.0 technologies can transform the education and workforce ecosystem. 

The T3 Network seeks to promote, coordinate, and facilitate this digital transformation so that: 

  1. All learning counts and is reflected as data in the form of Learning and Employment Records or LERs; 
  2. Competencies and skills are exchanged like currency for equitable hiring; and 
  3. Learners and workers are empowered and given agency over their data so that they can successfully pursue education and employment opportunities. 

As a standards-based, use case driven, and vendor neutral network, the T3 Network has consistently demonstrated its unique ability to bring together disparate networks and organizations through collective action to close data gaps and advance the field in support of T3’s vision.  

You can join the T3 Innovation Network—for free—and learn more about current and past projects as well as access a complete library of resources and publications at the T3 Network Hub

You can also watch the LER explainer video and visit the LER Resource Hub, a legacy website launched in 2019 to support the emerging LER ecosystem [contains information on comprehensive learner records (CLRs) and interoperable learning records (ILRs)]. 



Featured Project: Skills-Based Hiring and Advancement Use Case

Skills-Based Hiring and Advancement (SBHA) is the process by which employers and their HR service providers identify, recruit hire, and advance candidates based on the match between a work opportunity’s skill requirements and a candidate’s skills.

Employers are facing major challenges in closing their skills gaps, diversifying their workforces, and remaining agile in a rapidly changing global economy. As a result, many employers are pursuing skills-based hiring and advancement strategies. They are starting to right-size their requirements by asking for only their most critical specific skills while reducing their use of more indirect indicators of skills such as traditional college degrees and work experience that prevent them from tapping into a broader and more diverse pool of candidates pursuing alternative pathways. They also are exploring new recruitment and hiring practices enabled through advanced data analytics. However there remain many barriers to adoption and scaling.

Candidates also are facing major challenges in navigating this dynamic talent marketplace. These challenges can be addressed through a new generation of resumes and LERs and new analytics-based guidance services and initiatives, but adoption strategies are needed.

This T3 Network sponsored project provides a framework and forum for aligning and scaling innovative employer practices and initiatives with related learner and worker-centered initiatives designed to empower workers that together have the potential to create significant shared value.

The following SHBA resources are accessible here and on the T3 Network Hub:

  • The SBHA Use Case
  • A brief and an infographic describing the SBHA Use Case
  • An inventory of data standards for LERs, Resumes, and other data standards relevant to the SBHA Use Case
  • The video featured above explaining the SBHA Use Case
  • Coming soon is an SBHA Use Case extension that adds education and training provider processes, technologies, and relevant data standards to the parent use case

You can learn about more T3 Network sponsored projects, including the Resume/CV Specification, Linked-Claims Credential, Competency Explorer, Experience You, and other projects at the T3 Network Hub.