The Lightcast Approach to Skills

The labor market is changing fast, but that doesn't mean you can't stay ahead of the curve. Lightcast skills deliver the clarity you need to succeed.

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Lightcast Open Skills Taxonomy

The labor market skill standard. Our free library of 32,000+ skills comes from real-world use cases, honed by in house experts, and updated every two weeks so you don’t have to create a list yourself or rely on one you can’t trust.

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What Are Skills?

Understanding Skills and their Significance in the Ever-Evolving Job Market

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Lightcast Open Skills

Our free library of 32,000 skills, enabling you to bring a trusted skill standard to your organization.

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Skills Management Solutions

Every individual, employer, educator, and community leader can use skills to go even further in achieving labor market success.


Why Skills Are So Vital

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If a degree program doesn’t prepare graduates for careers related to their major, then something fundamental has gone wrong. A clearer understanding about which skills and majors make the clearest and best-aligned transitions from school to work can enable better decisions about how to best prepare students for the labor market and position education institutions for future success.

Skills-Based Hiring

A skills-based approach finds qualified candidates who may have been previously overlooked. When you assess candidates based on the specific skills a job requires rather than college degrees or years of experience, HR professionals open the door to even more talent.

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Lightcast Skills Ecosystem Webinar

Discover how we built the Lightcast Skills framework –where it comes from, how it’s modeled, and what makes our approach unique. Learn about the Taxonomies, Libraries, and Ontologies that feed the Library, and how they interact and intersect. And understand the key trends defining the skill needs for employers.

Skills Driven Workforce Transformation

If the today's workforce is defined by skills, yet your company’s organisational design is still defined by qualifications and job titles, how will you be able to develop and grow your workforce to genuinely reflect the skills dynamics of the increasingly fast-changing labour market? Answer: Skills Driven Workforce Transformation.

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Why We Stand For Skills

The Shared Language of the Labor Market

Skills are the foundation.

If we talk about the labor market using anything but skills, we’re creating an unnecessary level of abstraction, and there’s no need for that. Discussing skills themselves allows everyone to say exactly what they mean, and ask for exactly what they want. This minimizes miscommunication, enabling a job market that works, with greater efficiency, for everyone.

At Lightcast, our decades of labor market expertise have convinced us to put skills at the center of everything we do—so that we can create a labor market that works for everyone. Our software and consulting solutions are powered by skills, and so are the internal taxonomies that regulate our billions of data points.

More importantly, we want everyone to speak the shared language of skills. That’s why we’re giving away our shared Open Skills library: our list of skills has been generated from real-world data, vetted by experts, and ready for you today, so you don’t have to start from scratch.

Skills level the playing field.

Everyone involved in the labor market, at every level, can put skills to use. Educators need a language that will show value to prospective students and employers, and individual workers need employer-friendly language that will communicate their value to businesses. At the same time, businesses need to know how to clearly express what they’re looking for, so they don’t miss out on hiring valuable talent, and regions need to understand how they compare to other communities and how to stay competitive. Skills enable all of this.

Skills are a shared language we all speak.

At every level of the labor market, clarity is crucial. Too often, jobseekers, employers, educators, and community leaders talk past each other, using unclear terminology that limits how much each side can understand the others. Skills are the solution, because they create a shared language that everyone can speak.

European Skills Transformation Index

A data-driven view of the skills that are driving change in European labour markets.

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Explore our Skills Taxonomy

At Lightcast, we collect millions of labor market data points every day. In order to make use of them, we need to recognize how they connect. Our taxonomies are how—generating actionable insight through connections.

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