Skills 2 Work

Skills 2 Work: Valuing Skills of Beneficiaries of International Protection (January 2016 - December 2017), managed by the IOM office in The Hague, aims at disseminating the best practices linked to skill validation of beneficiaries of internacional protection. By creating sustainable employment opportunities, Skills 2 Work proposes to promote early and sustainable employment of refugees through improved support on skill validation in the asylum procedures and integration service provision, including non-formal and in-formal learning, and strengthened employer involvement from the private sector.

The project carries out a set of activities to strenghten dialogue and the involvement with the private sector, chambers of commerce, temping agencies and social services in Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland,  the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In order to value the positive experiences linked to each local reality, the Coordination Office for the Mediterranean aims at circulating the positive experiences of refugees and their respective employers through their testimonies and success stories showcased on the Skills 2 Work digital platform.

The digital platform offers information on services, organizations, projects and initiatives that support the identification of skills, knowledge and competencies of beneficiaries of international protection.

 Project partners in the Netherlands are the African Young Professional Network, COA (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers), Radboud University in Nijmegen and the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF.

The Leone Moressa Foundation is the project partner in Italy that has conducted the relevant research activities under the supervision of the associate partner, the Italian Ministry of Labour.

Project partners for other participating countries are the following:

  • Menedék (Hungary)

  • African Young Professional Network (The Netherlands)

  • Radboud University (The Netherlands)

  • Foundation for Refugee Students UAF (The Netherlands)

  • Društvo Odnos (Slovenia)


To learn more, watch the video Recognizing Talent: Stories from refugees and their employers.


For further information, please contact the project management staff from IOM The Hague at  0031 (0)70 318 1500 or

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