The European Commission Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Labour Mobility shared with CEEP this week a survey regarding the Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals, which is a tool to assist in identifying and documenting skills held by recently-arrived third country nationals in a consistent way across Member States and services.

The consultation will be open until Friday 3rd of March inclusive, and all the responses received will feed into the development of the Skills Profile Tool. The European Commission plans the launch of the tool in June 2017.

The survey seeks feedback and suggestions on the items that will be addressed in the tool to compose the Skills Profile. The European Commission seeks feedback on technical features and content (items, formulation and possible replies) of the tool.

To support the collection of the feedback a DEMO has been developed demonstrating the features of the tool and most, but not all items.

The Commission welcomes responses from all individuals, organisations and other stakeholders active in the field of reception and integration of migrants, especially of those working with refugees and asylum seekers.

What is the Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals? 

The Skills Profile Tool is specifically designed for use by national authorities responsible for reception and integration of refugees, reception centres, employment assistance services, education and training advisers, social services, NGOs and charitable organisations offering services to refugees and other third country nationals.

Its goal is to make the skills and work experience of third-country nationals visible and help understand their needs. The information collected can be used to assist further assessment, form a basis for offering guidance, identifying up-skilling needs and supporting job-searching and job-matching.

The tool will be available in all EU and EEA languages and in Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Sorani and Tigrinya. It will be possible to see two languages at the same time on one screen, reducing language barriers between case workers and the third country national. When information is not available in one of the chosen languages it will be presented in English.

The tool shall be available as a web-tool for PC and Mobile devices, and possibly in an APP. Instructions on how to complete the fields are integrated in the tool.

The tool consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Personal information. This part is to be used for basic personal information, a photo and a quick first identification of the level of education, the type of work experience and the expectations regarding future education/training or work of the third country national.
  • Part 2: Skills Identification and Documentation. This part collects more detailed information on the skills, qualifications and work experiences acquired by the third country national.
  • Part 3: Overall appraisal and referrals. This part can be used to record advice on skills needs, priorities for further education and training and advice for accessing the labour market, including via self-employment. In addition, it can include web-links or other referrals to organisations, services and sources useful for the next steps. It will also contain information of the organisation carrying out the interview, the name of the case officer and contact details.

Should you have any questions regarding the survey or the tool, do not hesitate to contact CEEP Project officer Carlotta Astori (carlotta.astori@ceep.eu).

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