A black hole on your resume because you had to flee your country. Then to find out that your diplomas and work experience are worth nothing. That is the reality for many refugees looking for a job.
The Covid-19 crisis has reinforced existing trends in labor markets, such as automation and digitalization, forcing millions of people to change careers. Unfortunately, such transitions always hit the vulnerable and low-skilled the hardest. Skills mapping is an important part of the solution. ‘From job-based HR to skill-based HR’ is a new trend. It is becoming possible to recognize other talents and skills, in turn providing more opportunities, especially to those with gaps on their resume.
Equal opportunities for all jobseekers
Our portfolio company SkillLab is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all jobseekers by uncovering pathways to social and economic participation through partnership-enabled education and employment. SkillLab developed an AI-powered software solution that links a jobseeker’s past experience to a taxonomy of skills and thus creates a skill profile. This skill profile helps career counselors and jobseekers to better identify skills and allows for improved career path planning.
The SkillLab journey
Rubio’s investment in SkillLab supports them to continue improving their product, expand the team, and scale-up internationally. SkillLab is based in Amsterdam, but operates across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America, and their solution is available in 27 languages to date. Intrigued by their lasting impact and the leap they took, we asked Managing Director and co-founder of SkillLab Ulrich Scharf about their inspiring journey and pursuit of impact