The first full version of the European classification system ESCO is live and, OpenSKIMR is one of the first ESCO pilot projects built on it.
What exactly is ESCO?
From the 9th to the 10th of October an important event will take place in Brussels: the ESCO release event named “ESCO: connecting people and jobs”. The reason for this event is the launch of the first full version of the classification system ESCO which stands for European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations.
ESCO was developed by the European Commission and is the European classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. The latest version covers 2,942 occupations and 13,485 skills and competences. The classification is available in various languages: in the 24 official languages of the European Union, as well as Norwegian and Icelandic.
What does ESCO do?
The main aim is to connect the labor market with the education & training area. After identifying different competences and occupations, ESCO categorizes them and, links skill sets with the different job opportunities.
On one hand, ESCO makes it possible for educational institutions to describe their learnings and curricula and specify in a common language, which qualifications and skills you will gain after having attended the course. On a business level, employers can publish specific job descriptions using the ESCO skills for a certain job role and easily measure whether an applicant would be a potential candidate for the company or not. Furthermore, the ESCO catalogue connects the different labor markets at EU level.
OpenSKIMR as Pilot Project of ESCO
We are proud to announce that OpenSKIMR is one of the first pilot projects aimed at implementing the ESCO catalogue. OpenSKIMR is a European-funded project bringing together people, jobs, and learnings to support its users in creating individual learning and career routes. Its core functionalities like the skill and job matching and the possibility to create career and learning routes is all based on ESCO skills.
Since September OpenSKIMR has been online, and now it is also possible for you to test – free of charge. OpenSKIMR not only suggests possible jobs, but also suggests individual learning and career routes: after the evaluation of the skills and jobs, a map with certain learning suggestions is created to visualize the way you should continue with your education in order to get more than prepared for your dream job.
Please try out OpenSKIMR and get to know ESCO. And now listen up: The Launch Campaign is up and running and, every week until the end of October we will give five registrants a 50€ voucher from Amazon and in the end of the campaign one registrant will win an iPhone X. So, what are you waiting for? Register now!