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News article26 April 2023Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Case study – The ‘House of Skills’ project


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House of Skills has a vision of a future-oriented and agile education and labour market in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. 

The project aims to bridge the skill gap between supply and demand in sectors such as construction, education, technology and healthcare,  by developing online skill products and services for employers, workers and job seekers in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. Workers and job seekers can use these products to find out what work suits their skills, while employers can find staff with the right skills for their vacancies. 

House of Skills holds training sessions for organisations to guide them in making better use of people’s skills. It creates a dialogue between partners in the training sector and the labour market to bridge the skill gap. 

The project is also developing a series of online skill tools, some of which include: 

  • Fitting Room: This tool allows job seekers to create a skill profile and see suggestions for career opportunities based on their skills. 

  • Skills Passport: This tool allows job seekers to assess their skills and be matched with the right employers. 

  • Healthcare and Welfare Transfer Point: This tool allows job seekers to find out whether a job in the healthcare sector is right for them. It is also suitable for healthcare or welfare workers who are thinking of changing jobs within their sector. 

In addition, House of Skills also develops career paths in sectors with labour shortage (such as construction, engineering, healthcare and welfare) and scales them for implementation in municipalities. 

So far, under the House of Skills, more than 1.000 people have had a career interview with a job coach. Moreover, more than 3.400 people have prepared a skill profile using Fitting Room, and more than 100 people have participated in training programmes or skill-based matching activities. Lastly, more than 800 people have used the Healthcare and Welfare Transfer Point to check whether their skills fit with positions in the sector. 

Key figures for this case study are shown here:

  • Main implementing organisation: Amsterdam Economic Board 

  • EU funding programme supporting the project: European Social Fund (ESF)

  • EU funding contribution: € 1,591,074.00 

  • Country: The Netherlands 

More information about the project can be found at this link.  

More about funding opportunities for upskilling and reskilling can be accessed via the Pact for Skills funding tool