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VDAB and WCC start pilot on competence-based matching and AI

Utrecht, September 11, 2018 - Today VDAB and WCC agreed to cooperate on a project to further enhance the matching capabilities of VDAB’s current ELISE-based matching system. They will investigate advanced matching on skills/competencies and how to serve specific target groups with tailored match results. Also, they will explore the possibilities of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the matching process.

Fons Leroy, CEO of VDAB: “I am proud to start a new pilot project with WCC, a strategically important partner involved in our thinking about ways to further improve the matching capabilities of our system. The essence of VDAB’s role is bringing jobseekers and employers closer together. To make that possible, we need to include competencies and use very sophisticated matching technology. This forms the foundation on which to build other services like Value Matching and Organization Matching. This pilot project will allow us to design a system that can adjust the matching results for clearly defined target groups. By taking into account their special needs and characteristics, the match results will bring them closer to sustainable jobs.”

Jan Jensen, CEO of WCC: “I want to emphasize that of all the Public Employment Services we count among our customers, VDAB is truly a lighthouse when it comes to advanced services. Their forward-thinking approach and their way of involving other market parties with open services related to competence-based matching is unique in the world. It is definitely something to be proud of. We expect our cooperation to lead to new insights that will make match results more useful to both jobseekers and employers. We are especially excited about Artificial Intelligence and how WCC can add functionality that will enable VDAB to manage and control the matching results.”