28.04.2020

ESCO in the fight against the Covid-19 crisis: the case of Skilllab

Challenging times require creativity and new ideas, and ESCO is there to support its implementers in delivering innovative solutions to labour market problems.

The Commission launched the first pan-European hackathon between 24 and 26 April to co-create targeted prototypes and solutions related to the Covid-19 crisis. Skilllab, one of ESCO’s implementers, participated in this challenge, using ESCO to develop a solution that can foster the recovery of the European labour market. Based on the ESCO data model, Skilllab generated a pathway-graph on occupations to create direct matches between the occupations at risk and those in demand. This tool aims to help European citizens and Employment Services in the shift between industries and sectors, providing solutions to fill skill gaps. Here you can consult the final result. The winner of the hackathon will be announced on 1 May.

As in the above example, the Commission invites ESCO’s implementers to share use cases of ESCO to develop solutions for the Covid-19 crisis. If you are an ESCO implementer and want to share your experience, please get in touch via email at EMPL-ESCO-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu, use our hashtag  #ESCO_EU and join our online forum at https://ec.europa.eu/esco/forum/.