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Optimizing the Labour Market Participation of Beneficiaries

skillsFor a successful integration of beneficiaries of international protection into the labour market, an early assessment of their skills and competences is vital. This is the focus of IOM’s project Skills2Work, which is being set up in 9 EU countries: Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In January, the IOM Skills2Work focal points in the nine countries and their project partners celebrated the one year anniversary of the project launch in Bratislava, with the third regional project meeting. They reviewed European approaches regarding migrant skills recognition, recruitment and retention, aimed at their sustainable employment. The group of thirty participants attended workshops and presentations on key themes relevant to the Skills2Work activities, such as the role of municipalities in facilitating labour market integration, good practices regarding skills recognition and validation, psychosocial vulnerability in labour market participation, EU migration trends and private sector engagement.
Several guest speakers and guest participants joined the meeting, including the Flemish Public Employment Service (VDAB), Tilburg Municipality (the Netherlands), the Swedish Employment Office, Gothenburg Municipality (Sweden) and the Artesmisszió Foundation (Hungary).
The participants received a sneak peek of the Pathfinder - the interactive, online directory designed to assist employers, local service providers and beneficiaries of international protection in navigating early, successful and sustained labour market integration. Feedback gathered at the meeting will be used to improve the final version of the platform. The Pathfinder will be officially launched in the first half of 2017.
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