The European labour market requires new skills to meet the demands of the Digital Age. EU citizens should have the right training, skills and support to empower them to find quality jobs and improve their living standards.

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'Soft skills' such as confidence, teamwork, self-motivation, networking, presentation skills, are considered important for the employability and adaptability of Europe's citizens. Soft skills are essential for how we work together and influence the decisions we take every day and can be more important than hard skills in today’s workplaces. The lack of soft skills is often only discovered once a person is already working on the job.

The state-of-the-art SkillsMatch platform helps users to match and adapt their soft skills assets to the demands of the labour market. The project is the first to offer a fully comprehensive platform with style guide cataloguing 36 different soft skills and matching them with occupations, as well as training opportunities, offering a large number of courses to improve soft skills depending on the chosen occupation.

The platform proposes courses, such as organisation and personal development, entrepreneurship, business communication and conflict resolution. There is a choice of courses in Spanish and English. Moreover, the platform will also provide recognition of the new learning and skills (open badges).

The preparatory action SkillsMatch was co-funded by the European Union and with a maximum funding of EUR 998 268. Lead by the eGovlab of Stockholm’s university, seven partners with extensive expertise in co-creation, skills framework and tech innovation, joined forces in this project.