Technology and data are disrupting nearly every industry for the better, except education and workforce.

People often can’t communicate what they know and are able to do in ways that are meaningful to employers. Yet employers, trying to find the right talent to fit their needs, rely on a person’s ability to communicate the value of their skills and experience.

Our talent marketplace is fragmented, preventing an individual’s record of learning from being transferable data. And any data that is collected, is siloed.

The T3 Innovation Network is solving that. 

This network has grown to more than 300 organizations totaling around 700 individuals. This initiative brings stakeholders together to change the way we provide, access, and use educational and workforce data by using advanced technologies like AI, blockchain, and others to create an open and decentralized public-private data ecosystem. 
As a result of the 8 projects this network is tackling, rather than hunting down data, job seekers will be able to display the breadth of their experience in a single, comprehensive learning record. 

Together with leaders from the field, we are designing 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.

The T3 Network will:

  • Define what a competency-based lifelong learner record should be so that all learning counts, no matter where it takes place.
  • Modernize technology and advance data standards to achieve seamless sharing of data throughout a person’s education and career pathway.
  • Empower individuals with a validated record of their skills and competencies in a way that all employers can understand.

Phase 2

Lumina Foundation is joined by Walmart in supporting Phase 2 of the T3 Innovation Network, announced via press release in December 2018.

The focus of Phase 2 is implementing a series of 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. We have grouped the pilot projects into four categories of work to be accomplished, and outlined work tasks for each pilot project.

T3 Pilot Projects


The Network

The T3 Network is comprised of more than 300 organizations, 28% of which are international, including businesses, postsecondary institutions, technical standards organizations, and human resource professionals and their technology vendors.




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.