An improved and more integrated data and systems infrastructure not only creates a shared language, but empowers groups to move toward a common vision with adult learners at the center. Interoperable data systems integrate diverse resources, services, solutions, and stakeholders to make each step along the working learner’s journey a seamless experience.
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There is no shared system to either track workers’ academic records, skills, and employment accomplishments, or for institutions and stakeholders to measure outcomes and share what is working. As a result, working learners cannot demonstrate their skills to employers, and employers are challenged in finding candidates whose skills fit their needs.
A data system connected through the shared language of skills makes it easier for stakeholders to share key information and insights. Learners can make more informed decisions, educators and workforce development organizations can assess their programs and services, and employers can make confident hiring decisions.
Real-time labor market data provide insight into the skills most sought after by employers, and can guide learning providers in developing programs that will propel learners to better career outcomes. A shared language of skills will translate learning outcomes into job qualifications, better connecting the worlds of education and work.
Giving job seekers the opportunity to prove what they know, rather than relying on signals like credentials or prior work experience, can create greater equity in the hiring market by ensuring that candidates are evaluated on their performance, not pedigree.