The application uses artificial intelligence to compare users’ self-reported skills data with the European Classification of Skills and Competencies (ESCO) in order to identify missing skills, generate occupational profiles, and produce tailored CVs for job seekers. Individuals, as well as counsellors in public and private employment services, can use these profiles to pursue specific job-offers, and identify training needs – “matching people with opportunities”. At the end of the profiling process, job-seekers receive a comprehensive list of their skills, a list of the potential occupations they can aspire to with such skills, and a CV formatted and faithfully reflecting their previously indicated skills, experience and education.
Many job-seekers from refugee and Egyptian host communities have little access to e-mails, and smart devices or computers in general. To overcome these barriers and low digital literacy, the project organized a two-day training together with Vocational Training & Employment Center (VTEC) - the intervention’s implementing partner which operates under the auspices of ABA - to train career counsellors on guiding job seekers through the application. Following the training, a workshop was organized for job-seekers to complete a user profile from computers made available for them at the VTEC. Additionally, a tracer study conducted shortly after the training found that the majority of users found the application easy to use and many had utilized it to identify jobs and present themselves to employers. To amplify the application’s impact, PROSPECTS Egypt decided to integrate it into an apprenticeship programme that is currently being implemented to promote apprenticeship and employment in Alexandria, by selecting a number of registered job-seekers to join the programme.
Integrating Skilllab's application into the project's currently-running apprenticeship programme will create room for sustainable impact among refugee and Egyptian host communities, by further developing job-seekers' capacities and skills, and, as a result, increase their chances of being matched with relevant job opportunities.Amir Obeid, Chief Technical Advisor for PROSPECTS in Egypt.