Communicating relevant skills and expertise to potential employers is the first step towards gainful employment for any job seeker. However, this can be particularly challenging for the refugee community since their training and educational qualifications often differ from that of the host country. Therefore, ILO PROSPECTS Egypt in collaboration with Skilllab, a social start-up based in the Netherlands, and the Association of Businessmen in Alexandria (ABA), piloted a skills-profiling application that enables refugees and host communities to self-assess and communicate their skills to potential employers.
The pilot study was conducted among 400 beneficiaries between 2020 and 2021. The tracer study was conducted three months after to collect direct feedback from the beneficiaries. Based on the findings of the tracer study, this brief provides insights and recommendations into key aspects of the usage and advantages of the profiling application and how it can be further improved in the future.