Studies and pilots on identification of skills

In its interim report, the working group on identifying skills has proposed studies and pilots aiming to find new ways to promote practices and tools for identifying competence acquired outside degree programmes. The studies and pilots will be funded from the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), and they will mainly implemented as public tenders. The procurement notices will be published at Hilma and on the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Study on good practices for identifying skills

A group consisting of Demos Helsinki Oy, Innolink Research Oy and TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre will carry out a study on good practices for identifying skills. 

The end report of the study (March 2024, in Finnish). 

Key objectives of the study:

  • Review the existing methods, tools and practices available for working-age people for identifying skills in different environments, especially at workplaces.
  • Examine the deficiencies of the existing methods, tools and practices available to working-age people and the degree to which they serve individuals in different situations well.
  • Assess the suitability of the methods, tools and practices used at workplaces to identify skills in relation to the changing competence needs of working life.
  • Review where an employed adult can receive career guidance services and how well identification of competences are supported in these services.
  • Explore key ways to disseminate more widely well-functioning practices for identifying competences used in workplaces and career guidance.
  • Collect proposals from different bodies on how individuals can improve their ability to detect, express and make visible their competences at different stages of life.
  • Assess the capabilities and competences individuals have for detecting, expressing and making visible their diverse skills.

Read more about the study on the website of TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre (in Finnish)


In its interim report, the working group proposes pilots to develop the identification of skills generated outside the education system. The pilots will be launched during 2023, with the results available by the end of 2024.

Pilots to promote the identification of skills in SMEs

The pilots aim to find widely usable practices, methods and tools suitable for the everyday activities of SMEs to help them detect, express and make visible the staff’s competence.
The pilots will be carried out by Discovery Street Oy, Sosiaalipalvelu Ote sr and Hyria Business Institute Oy.

Model for identifying skills of immigrants outside the labour force

The objective of the pilots is to test in practice a skills identification model for immigrants who are outside the labour force or integration services. Another aim is to create a proposal for a widely usable model for identifying the skills of the target group, based on the tested model and previous experiences gained from other models for identifying competence. With the help of skills identification, the competence of immigrants will be made visible for the immigrants themselves, employers, educational institutions and service providers as well as the public authorities involved in integration and employment services for immigrants.

Hyria Business Institute Oy, Spring House Oy and Oy Axxell Utbildning Ab have been selected to carry out these pilots.

Developing career counsellors’ skills in recognising competence

Survey on skills needs of career counsellors related to the identification of competences
(in Finnish)

Circular economy skills badges 

AFRY Finland Oy, TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre and Turku University of Applied Sciences have been selected to carry out the project. 

Jenni Larjomaa, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 29 504 7028, [email protected]