What is the EU Skills Profile Tool?
The EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals was developed by the European Commission to support early identification of the skills of asylum seekers, refugees and other third country nationals in order to facilitate their integration into the labour market and wider society. It is intended for use by any organisation or service that might be offering assistance to third country nationals and aims to get to know individuals, their skills and experiences and provide recommendations on next steps.
The Skills Profile Tool is a free of charge online questionnaire that a migrant can fill in together with an adviser or volunteer. It’s available in all EU-languages as well as Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Sorani, Somali, Tigrinya and Turkish; two languages are displayed on screen at the same time to make it easier for people who have limited command of the EU language you use. The Tool has existed since 2017 and the European Commission has recently improved it based on user feedback, to make it more flexible and easier to use.
What are the recent improvements to the Tool?
- Organisations are now able to create their own tailor-made questionnaire, by hiding certain parts, via the configuration button/function.
- Organisations can easily merge profiles of refugees they have been supporting locally, by downloading and editing profiles in Excel format.
- Organisations can make fundamental changes or build entirely new tools using the Open Source Code (the Open Source code is here).
Where can I find more information about the Tool:
- Two one-page leaflets (available here and here) give an at-a-glance overview of the Tool: a general information leaflet; and a more technical leaflet on how the functionalities of the Tool can be combined with other systems.
- A brochure here with background information on the Tool is available in eight languages (English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, French, German, Arabic, and Farsi).
- A three-minute video here shows how some organisations are using the Tool. A shorter version for distribution in social media channels can be found here.
- You can access the Tool itself and a user manual, which explains the key features step-by-step via http://ec.europa.eu/migrantskills.
The Tool is entirely free of cost and has been developed as part of the Commission’s public service mission.