In preparation for the official launch of their skill assessment application in
early 2019, the startup Skilllab is looking to partner with cities interested
in adopting new, innovative approaches to labour market integration of migrants
This summer, a handful of leading cities have been experimenting with new, technology-driven approaches to integrating job seekers, including refugees and migrants, into their local labour markets. Interested cities can see below to become part of these trials. These experiments are a response to the well-documented challenges faced when providing pathways to education and employment, particularly for newly arrived foreign nationals. Language barriers, lack of recognised education certificates, and difficulty understanding the relevance of an individual’s past experience to current labour market needs are just a few of the challenges that strain municipal resources and impede the success of integration efforts.
Recognising the transformational potential of technology, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Tampere have been leading experimental pilots with Skilllab
- a social venture that develops highly detailed skill profiles for refugees and migrants through an intelligent, mobile phone-based interview process. Available in 27 languages, the application automatically interviews an individual in his or her native language, using intelligent software algorithms to capture the practical skills that that person has developed in their past experiences in great detail. The application automatically matches an individual’s skillset to each of the nearly 3,000 recognised occupations in the European skills, competency, and qualifications framework.
The result is a rich skill profile that is automatically translated into the local language, including matches to different EU occupations, and automatically generated job applications to selected occupations. This new approach transcends traditional skill assessment approaches. Rather than focusing on certificates and formal titles that may be of limited relevance in their countries of origin, the new approach focuses on empowering the individual to communicate their value based on skills in their own language. The skill profiles produced also support municipal staff in developing personalised career and education plans that are appropriate for individuals.
With these pilot projects, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Tampere have been evaluating the effectiveness of this technology for a data-centric approach to skills assessment and matching. Municipal case managers, job hunters, vocational training instructors, social workers, and other staff have been closely involved in the testing and evaluation of the approach, as of course have refugees and migrants who are participating in the pilot assessments. The practical lessons from these pilots are directly feeding the next iteration of the Skilllab application.
In preparation for the official launch of their skill assessment application in early 2019, Skilllab is looking to partner with a handful of leading cities interested in adopting new, innovative approaches to labour market integration. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the startup venture directly at email@example.com