Skills2Work promotes labour market integration of beneficiaries of international protection
The EU-funded Skills2Work project, ran from January 2016 and until February 2018, in Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom. It was initiated to address the absence of a coordinated approach to labour market integration both nationally and regionally, particularly with regard to recognizing the skills and qualifications of refugees.
The project sought cooperation with employers from the public and private sectors to better identify the challenges that European labour markets face with regards to skills gaps.
IOM and partners in the nine member states examined current best practices and mechanisms used in the field of recognition and validation of knowledge and skills. Successful initiatives were identified at EU level and within national contexts of the participating EU Member States.
Led by IOM in the Netherlands, Skills2Work was implemented with the African Young Professional Network, Odnos, Fondazione Leone Moressa, Menedék, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security in Spain, the Ministry of Interior in Slovakia, Integrazione Migranti, Pontis Foundation, the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), Radboud University Nijmegen and the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF.
The establishment of a European network of experts, communities, interest groups, employers and academics;
Mapping best practices and mechanisms for validation and recognition of skills and competences;
FromSkills2Work.eu – an interactive directory of good practices across Europe, with information for employers, service providers and refugees about working in Europe.