There is a lot of talk in society about middle-aged professionals' need for career transition. Description of education programs can often be comprehended abstractly – common language (nomenclature and concept recognition) in job advertisements and education curriculum is still largely missing. Which occupations can one get given these circumstances? What does it mean to work having one or a particular occupation? Which education programs and courses do consider the individual’s competencies, acquired through work experience and developed further? How can the individual make his skills visible, use his knowledge and continue developing skills to secure future employment and career growth? Many questions, but what does it practically mean for the individual? By connecting datasets from education programs to job advertisements and labour market trends, these questions can be easier to answer. Increased access to skills development equips the individual with tools to meet and tackle the challenges during work life.
There are several ongoing assignments and projects within the government assignment for lifelong learning skills supply (in Swedish regeringsuppdraget att utveckla en sammanhållen datainfrastruktur för livslångt lärande och kompetensförsörjningregeringsuppdrag (RU KLL) that aims at equipping the individual to tackle future challenges and strengthen his position in the fast-paced and rapidly changing labour market:
An open and sustainable way of working characterizes the area of research concerning career guidance, semantics, data enrichment, and data validation.
The project is open to the public (work methods, open source, and open data); the results shall be presented continuously. The goal is that the source code, which will be created and generated within the project, will be re-usable further by other actors for further technical development, for instance through dataportal.se or jobtechdev.se.
Kompetensmatchning.se will serve as a practical testbed and demonstration environment, and the code will be published on Gitlab and updated continuously.
The project's point of departure is to use enriched CV information to assess which education programs can fill the gap between the individual's experiences and the market's needs (job advertisements). By connecting labour market and education data, with the help of JobTech Development's open APIs and datasets (the Swedish Public Employment Service), the SUSA Hub (the Swedish National Agency for Education’s Database), the qualifications database (the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education), an important input will be provided on how the data infrastructure within the area of lifelong learning opportunities and skills supply should be developed. In addition, the project could inspire other actors to build career guidance and job-matching services.
An important aspect of the project is to consider the individual's privacy and integrity and minimize data collection. Another important aspect is to guide the individual to find the shortest path to a job or career transition.
The goal is to develop a Proof of Concept (PoC) to:
Examples of questions that are relevant to take into account during an exploratory stage within the project:
EU and Sustainability Perspective
The project is in line with the European Skills Agenda, especially in line with the Pact for Skills and "strengthening skills for better careers" (redeployment support). Semantic interoperability will be important in 2023, the year the EU calls "the European Year of Skills" and linked to progressing further with the European data spaces for skills and the new Interoperable Europe Act.
Furthermore, the nomenclature (taxonomy) that will probably be used within the project is mapped to the ESCO standard (e.g. through Europass), which could demonstrate scalability outside of Sweden in a long-term perspective. The information from the Swedish National Education Database SUSA Hub (Swedish National Agency for Education) is linked to Europass, which thus creates the corresponding theoretical opportunity for scaling up based on a European context.
Sustainability perspectives are taken into account in all operational parts of the project, as well as concerning the ethical usage of collected data.
The project contributes to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets: 4, 4.4, 8, 8.6, 16.10, 17.6, 17.16
Project Owner: The Swedish Public Employment Service, Jobtech Unit
Project Leader: The Swedish Public Employment Service, Jobtech Unit
Partnerships in the Project: The Swedish National Agency for Education, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, The Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education