A Skills-Powered Future
Powering Skills as a Currency
Skills are a critical currency developed across a lifetime of work and learning. Whether you are just beginning with school, a seasoned professional, or an organization, skills are an important nexus between work and learning in an ever-changing world. The potential of skills to speak to a learner’s unique journey is powerful, but without a way to validate and share them, skills can become keywords without meaning. WGU recognizes the importance of skills and their transformative role in education, hiring, and the workforce. With the right support, skills have the potential to connect each of these sectors and make transitions between them seamless. WGU’s skills work ensures credential integrity and relevance for our learners by utilizing verified frameworks that are recognized by educators and employers alike. To ensure all learners are equipped with the skills to flourish, WGU is committed to relevant skill alignment using rich skill descriptors where the context of skills across industry sectors is clear, transparent, and validated by the voice of employers. WGU’s skills set the path for the future of learning and working with a digital Achievement Wallet that will move transcripts, resumes, and certifications to the next level. Together, WGU is crafting a skills-based future where everyone can thrive.
Relevant Skills Bridge the Gap
The world around us is transforming rapidly, fueled by a surge in innovative technologies and a demand for new and evolving skill sets set against a frustrating skills gap. The global conversation on skills-based education and hiring is gaining momentum driven by the growing chasm between the demand for specific skills and the supply of talented individuals who possess them. WGU is pioneering advancements within the skills-ecosystem to close this gap. The aim is to propel WGU students into a future that values and understands their learning and career potential through skills. The talent supply chain is morphing right before your eyes, with a growing importance in the relevance of skills and competencies for creating opportunity for all, opening doors, and creating a thriving workforce.
Skills for Success
Skills-based hiring has been hindered by a lack of common language and taxonomy for skills. WGU addresses these hurdles through an integrated approach that aligns the offerings of education with workforce needs. The transparency and authenticity of skills can revolutionize the talent supply chain, making it more efficient and inclusive. WGU created enhanced skills definitions called Rich Skill Descriptors. These contain a number of properties that provide greater context, searchability, and meaning. WGU's focus on defining and inspiring an ecosystem of skills-based education and hiring is designed to bridge the gaps in the current system and usher in a new era of opportunities.