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WATCH: Lab education designer joins Brookings panel discussion on LERs

Learn more about the use of digital learning and employment records (LERs) around the world in this May 7, 2024, webinar hosted by the Brookings Institution.

Skills visibility is a game-changer for learner economic mobility.

And in this emerging skills-based economy, standardized technologies, like Learning and Employment Records (LERs), provide a way for learner-earners to document their achievements and communicate their qualifications, using skills like currency.

What are LERs? They are digital records of an individual’s formal and informal learning and employment that better represent learners with diverse experiences in the job market.

The Lab works closely with a number of nonprofits, employers, standards organizations, and higher ed institutions to push the community forward and organize insights, such as this October 2023 report on scaling LERs with AI.

During this May 7, 2024, webinar hosted by the Brookings Institution, the Lab’s Colin Reynolds talked about the current state of LER projects, including the challenges and successes uncovered when adopting a fundamentally new approach to recognizing learning outcomes.

Connecting learning to earning

The use of digital learning and employment records around the world

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Time: 9 to 10 a.m. EDT

Webinar description from Brookings: Many organizations and governments have been exploring the use of digital learning & employment records (LERs) to support youth transitioning into employment. For over a decade, efforts to promote the use of digital credentials of various sorts have been touted to offer a promising avenue to meet the evolving demands of joining the workforce. However, many of these initiatives have only met with checkered success to date.

While these types of records can potentially enable young people to articulate their diverse skill sets and can support employers in identifying suitable candidates, presenting a holistic view of a young person’s skills, competencies, and accomplishments, replacing traditional resumes, this is easier said than done. Indeed, there is a need for concerted efforts from governments, educational institutions, and the private sector to promote the adoption of learning & employment records and to integrate them seamlessly into existing skilling and hiring practices. While many of the highest profile efforts of these sorts to date have been in the United States, there is a wealth of experience from other parts of the world that is less well known that suggests that different pathways and approaches are possible.

On May 7, join a related conversation with key groups exploring the use of LERs in Europe and the Americas and learn what is succeeding, and what is not, at a practical, working level.

Viewers can join the conversation and ask questions of the speakers by emailing or on X (formerly Twitter) using the hashtag #Learning2Earning.


  • Juan D. Barón, Senior Economist, Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • William O’Keeffe, Policy Officer-DG Grow, European Commission
  • Colin Reynolds, Senior Education Designer, Education Design Lab


  • Michael Trucano, Visiting Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education
  • Tom Kaye, Senior Advisor, Global Programmes, Generation Unlimited


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