• 11 months 3 weeks ago

As part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, the European Commission has developed a Skills Profile Tool to support the early identification of the skills of refugees, migrants and other third-country nationals. 

To coincide with the United Nations' World Refugee Day on 20 June, the European Commission has just released the 'EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals', an online editor that makes it possible for third-country nationals to present their skills, qualifications and experiences in a way that is understandable across the whole European Union.

We know that integration is a win-win situation. Well integrated third-country nationals will contribute to the growth and competitiveness of our businesses and economies, and be efficiently protected from potential poverty and social exclusion.

The EU Skills Profile Tool is an important step towards contributing to this integration. Out of the many barriers to the labour market that non-EU-nationals living in the EU face – differences in language, lack of networks, discrimination – one, in particular, stands out: the absence of documentary evidence of skills and qualifications.

With its dual-language system (where the user can choose 2 languages to appear side-by-side on the screen) and a comprehensive set of questions, the EU Skills Profile tool enables migrants who may have never needed a CV or needed to present their skills in an international context, to do so in an easy and friendly way. It is flexible, accessible and, above all, user-centred. One of the actions of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, this tool is just one of many European Union initiatives to improve the integration of migrants into the labour market and part of the initiatives on transparency of skills and qualifications supported through Erasmus+.

This tool will undoubtedly support the many organisations involved in Erasmus+ projects to help migrants and refugees' integration in Europe, such as Valorize High Skilled Migrants, RISE (Refugee Interactive Skills for Employment), or E_EPSOL (Education and employment pathways for speakers of other languages).