PEPTalk 9: Competences, Occupations – can they work together?

14 November we presented another PEPTalk. This time the guest speakers were from the Austrian PES AMS. They showed the importance of working with competences in addition to occupations when trying to find a jobseeker a suitable job.
Sometimes it is hard to find somebody a job based on the occupations he or she had in the past. But by mapping the competences to these occupations for this individual, the matching system can look for occupations that fit a similar set of competences thus showing potential jobs that would not have been presented otherwise. When enrolling a jobseeker, the caseworker can help select the most applicable competences and possibly add some that the jobseeker has but are not related to the past occupations. The system puts weights and values to the competences and shows ranked lists of possible jobs. In the webinar Karin Hackensöllner-Ali and Bettina Huber show in more depth how this works for AMS.
From WCC’s side Ludger Weller, closely cooperating with AMS on matching matters, stresses the importance of using this knowledge also for other parts of a comprehensive matching system.

When we started with the PEPtalks we had an audience of 20 to 30 live viewers. We are delighted to see that this last PEPTalk had 143 live viewers from as far as Malaysia. Another 70 signed up to view the webinar later. As it is an interactive webinar, we also invite the viewers to ask questions that get answered during the webinar. But with so many viewers there were more questions than we could answer during the webinar. Of course, such a complicated subject can’t fully be discussed in only 45 minutes. That is why we are glad that AMS has agreed to host a one-day workshop on the subject in their offices in Vienna early next year. Already 40 people have shown their interest in attending that workshop.

We are happy that our initiative is gaining recognition by a growing group of people from Public Employment Services all over the world. And we invite people from a PES to be our guest speaker in one of the next PEPTalks so that this exchange of knowledge will benefit all PESses and make them more effective in finding jobseekers a sustainable job and improve the wellbeing of the population at large.

To watch the webinar on-demand please click below: