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Education and Work

Policy Instrument

Education and Work

Vzdělávání a práce
Czech Republic

Description

Timespan

2012 - till now

Stage

Fully operational

Foundations

Policy area

Skills, vacancies and training matching website.

Policy goal

The policy goal of Education and Work is to create a user-friendly tool communicating to the general public the concepts of the National Register of Qualifications, namely the Vocational Qualifications. It also serves as an intermediary platform connecting information on skills and corresponding work opportunities. The portal provides users with the opportunity to match their skills and qualifications with corresponding job titles and vacant positions. It also works the other way around: giving information on available training courses, exams and certificates for those interested in gaining skills required for specific jobs.

Mismatch

Explicitly designed to address skill mismatch

The website is a communication platform between job seekers, employers and training providers.

Aim of policy instrument

Administrative level

National

Main responsible body

Národní ústav pro vzdělávání (National Institute for Education) - abbreviation NÚV

Stakeholders

Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports) - financing NÚV

Funding

Operation of the portal is covered by the NÚV budget, whose funding is provided by the Ministry of Education.

Intended beneficiaries

Job seekers: the website provides guidance in job decisions; what skills are need for the selected profession; where to find training courses or assessment/certification authorities; and provides list of available vacancies.
Employers: the website allows posting of current vacancies
Training providers: the website allows posting of training courses

Processes

Use of labour market intelligence

The website was developed during the National Register of Qualification project (vocational qualification). During the project implementation, a need arose to support practical utilisation with a focus on job seekers (to help them understand which skills are required for particular profession and how they can obtain these skills) and employers.

Financial schemes

The website was developed during the National Register of Qualification project (vocational qualification). Currently, it is financed through the NÚV budget.

Frequency of updates

The content of the website is updated regularly (registrations, uploads of vacancies and training).

Development

The website is developed continuously and new functionalities were added during implementation to ensure the use is friendly and intuitive.

Barriers

Not identified.

Success factors

A key supporting factor was an approved system of vocational qualification.

Monitoring

No target indicators set. Key monitoring descriptors are the number of users (currently about 10,000 users are registered).

Innovativeness

Slightly innovative

The website interlinks job seekers preferences (professions sought) with relevant vacancies and training courses.

Sustainability

Evidence of effectiveness

The portal functions as expected. There are about 10,000 users (job seekers) registered on the portal. Registered users have the opportunity to select professions they are looking for or are interested in. The system allows users access to information on the skills required for the selected profession, training courses and vacancies available (these can be filtered based on user preferences). About 800 professions are described in the system. The portal also offers vacancies (about 68,000 opened in October 2017), which are either downloaded from the vacancy portal of the Labour Offices or posted by employers themselves to the website. About 6,000 various training courses are also available and linked to selected professions.

Engagement of stakeholders

The engagement of stakeholders (mostly funding) depends of the effectiveness of the tool, which broadly speaking is the number of active users. There are many other opportunities for job seekers to find a job or training on-line (similar websites, social networks etc), but the value-added of the instrument is that it clearly defines required skills for particular professions using the standards of the National Register of Qualification and National System of Profession.

Transferability

Easily transferable

Transferability of the instrument requires access to defined profession standards, databases of job vacancies and training courses.

Sustainability

Probably, it is interconnected with the vocational qualification scheme.