In order for the MyLK software to be as compatible as possible in a European environment, we are using the ESCO classification as a reference tool running in the background so your searches and uploads as a user are matched easily.


But what is ESCO?

ESCO – a multilingual European classification of Skills, qualifications, Competences and Occupations – is a initiative of European Commission to establish a common language to help bridge the communication gaps between different countries and between the domains of employment, education and training. In other words, it is a multilingual digital tool which supports both employers looking to find the right people for their vacancies and jobseekers looking to find the right jobs for their skills. The developing of the classification started in 2011. To make sure that ESCO has the most relevant data, sectoral reference groups were created and the content was developed by professionals in different sectors. Each sectoral group consisted of at least 10 professionals from different European countries. They included representatives from social partners, employment services, employers, professional associations, sector skills councils, education and training institutions, statistical offices and others.

As the classification consists of three main pillars: (1) occupations pillar, (2) knowledge, skills and competences pillar, and (3) qualification pillar, the sectoral groups first developed a list of occupations typical for the relevant sector. Occupations include relevant occupations across the EU, regardless of the size of the business, self-employed occupations, volunteer-based occupations, subsistence-based occupations, arts and crafts occupations and also political mandates in case they constitute a job (e.g. mayor)[1]. Each occupation has alternative names and provides a description and a number of useful pieces of information about it. After consultations with different stakeholders about the list of occupation for relevant sectors, the sectoral reference group started to define the related essential and optional knowledge, skills and competences. In 2017 the first version of ESCO in English was released. The translation into EU languages is in process.


How will ESCO work for you?

All the information within ESCO can be used as metadata. That means it is organized in a systematic way to describe resources and thereby improve access to them.  Also, ESCO is published as Open Data, which means that IT specialists can more easily use all the information and link it to their own systems. This way it is possible to connect the tagged learning resources you will be uploading to MyLK software, and organize them into logical sectoral groupings. We hope that it will help you with developing your career, and that it gives you better chances in the labour market.

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