A Public-private partnership in Chile launches RELINK: a platform promoting labour reconversion, powered by ESCO

On the 25th of March in Santiago, Chile, a new digital platform was launched during the online seminar "Labor Reconversion for a new reality", by a public-private partnership between the National Training and Employment Service (SENCE) of the Chilean Ministry of Labour, the Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (SOFOFA) and its Organismo de Intermediación Laboral, together with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The Relink platform seeks to provide upskilling and re-skilling opportunities for individuals and companies, considering the labour challenges provided by the technological and digital transformation currently taking place in Latin America. This requires a paradigm shift in the way training and job training is delivered and Relink can be part of the solution and an example for Chile and for the region.

Relink is a digital career guidance platform that uses Big Data and artificial intelligence to provide scalable solutions in order to connect people with job opportunities aligned with their skills and interests. Concretely, the platform can be used similarly to the Waze application, guiding the users on their career journey by asking questions such as: “what are the opportunities related to where you want to go?” Moreover, it also provides guidance on how to get there and where to go based on labour market intelligence. It is a tool that can improve the competencies of citizens by providing them with information about what training is needed and what job prospects are available.

To achieve this, the platform builds on the ESCO skills taxonomy, which allows for matching personal skills inventories with future job profiles available on the platform.

In the short term, Relink will start a pilot for 20 companies, reaching 1,000 workers, and for another 1,500 unemployed or underemployed people. In 2021, the platform aims to reach at least 50 companies, benefiting more than 10,000 workers in Chile.

For more information about the platform, contact Diego Richards, Executive Director of Upskills. If you are an ESCO implementer and want to share your feedback, please get in touch via email at EMPL-ESCO-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu, use our hashtag #ESCO_EU and join our online forum.