The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) announced today a new partnership between WDI’s Future Skills Exchange (FSX) and the national nonprofit Credential Engine that will give New Yorkers easy access to a growing body of national and industry-recognized certificates as well as New York State (NYS) specific training and credentials for in-demand jobs. Education and training providers will have the option to add credential information into either FSX or Credential Engine’s Registry, simultaneously populating both platforms, and making the information widely available in NYS and nationally. Future Skills Exchange creates an easy-to-use interface for New York learners to find and compare those credential offerings by factors such as location, cost, skills and occupation.
The pandemic-induced economic downturn and resulting high unemployment has disproportionately impacted lower-skilled New Yorkers, requiring new tools and collaboration to address the jobs crisis. This new partnership builds on the collaboration established earlier this year between Credential Engine and the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP).
Through use of the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL)—the standard language used to create a common understanding of credentials and their value—partnerships like these help to create a more transparent and connected credential marketplace. Connecting these initiatives will streamline the way information about education and training is collected and shared, further expanding opportunities for New Yorkers to explore and access high quality training, credentials, and jobs in high demand.
“Collaborations like these help break down data silos by making sure our initiatives are complementary to one another—effectively addressing the needs of learners, workers, employers, and educators,” says Scott Cheney, CEO of Credential Engine. “If New Yorkers—and really the nation as a whole—are to come out on top of this unprecedented workforce crisis, then they need comprehensive and actionable information to find their way back to work. Integrating FSX with the Credential Registry allows New Yorkers to make clearer, real-time connections to opportunities that are available for them.”