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. 

Phase One Report

Competency is the new currency.

This report summarizes and brings to a close phase one of the T3 Network. The report is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the T3 Network’s vision, guiding principles, and profiles the work groups. Part II highlights the T3 Network’s recommendations, organized as a list of pilot projects that together provide the foundation for an open, distributed, public-private data infrastructure that supports access and opportunity for the American student and worker. The report concludes with next steps and acknowledgements.

Read the Report

 


Background

In early 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Lumina Foundation launched the T3 Innovation Network to bring businesses, postsecondary institutions, technical standards organizations, and human resource professionals and their technology vendors together to explore emerging Web 3.0 technologies in an increasingly open and decentralized public-private data ecosystem.

The Network has since grown from a kickoff meeting of 60 individuals to a thriving network of over 150 organizations. In its first six months of existence, the T3 Innovation Network held ten webinars, produced a background paper, four work group reports (see below), and identified 50 use cases resulting in ten pilot projects, which are being addressed in Phase Two of the project.

The T3 Network has become the go-to space to explore new and emerging technologies—such as Semantic Web, AI, machine learning, and distributed ledger technologies—and to advance recommendations for an open, shared data infrastructure for learners and workers alike.