eGovlab is happy to announce that on the 17th of July will be hosting the kickoff meeting of the new granted project SkillsMatch. Pooyeh Mobini, with her team, Maria Petritsopoulou, Anton Wiklund, Stefan Nenzén, Silvina Tejada Skoglund, Myrsini Glinos and Thashmee Karunaratne will welcome their partners - UAH (Spain), EUT (Spain), TCD (Ireland), FPM (Italy), Everis (Spain), DMC (Ireland). The face-to-face meeting is a great opportunity for all partners to discuss their plans and to align with the project’s objectives. SkillsMatch is the continuation of the previous project e-Skills Match (EU co-funded project for ICT skills and competencies classification system). SkillsMatch has 24 months duration it is an EU co-financed and grant of worth more than one million.

The SkillsMatch team aims to develop a system focused on non-cognitive skills that will empower the young population in EU to enter the labour market, match their non-cognitive skills and competencies on specific occupations, and suggest courses for improving their NC-skills and to explore the use of online badges as a recognition for learning.
In 2014 survey of more than 500 business leaders (by JA-YE Europe) from across Europe found that most (54%) think that there is a lack of  'soft skills' such as confidence, teamwork, self-motivation, networking, presentation skills etc. Soft skills training market in Europe is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 33%. We expect to improve non-cognitive skills in young people in Europe as a whole through the mapping of educational programs to soft skills by providing methods for assessment of such skills and to influence young people’s success in entering the labour market and help increase the potential of new-hires.

eGovlab is going to use co-creation methodology that will bring all partners together in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome.

Partners will be working on the following work packages:

  • eGovlab will be leading: WP1 - Project management and administration, WP5 - Design and implementation of the system prototype and WP6 - Communication and dissemination.
  • UAH will be leading: WP2 - NC skills framework development
  • FPM will be leading: WP4 - Measurement, validation and credentialization
  • TCD will be leading: WP7 - Evaluation and sustainability
  • EUT will be working on the promotion of social innovation, documentation, training material and stakeholder engagement, communication and dissemination.
  • DMC, FPM and Everis will be looking after individualized learning roadmaps