Skill Compass

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The AI-based digital "Skill Compass" aims to accompany young people with migration experience on their path from talents to doers, with the help of technological support. In this project, we are working on a digital solution that enables young people with migration experience to have comprehensive access to education and counselling. Until now, their backgrounds have often been characterised by systematic disadvantages in terms of access to education and opportunities in the labour market - challenges that can be addressed through targeted support in the form of counselling and support programmes to increase the potential of young people. While learning content can already be scaled through online learning platforms, individual counselling is not yet scalable, limiting the number of people who can benefit from targeted support. This is where the digital "Skill Compass" comes in, using modern AI approaches to create access and guidance for a virtually unlimited number of young people in navigating the almost unmanageable range of (further) education options and networking opportunities. Thanks to methods from the field of Explainable Artificial Intelligence, the "Skill Compass" can justify its recommendations. Similar to a conversation with a human mentor, young people can understand the suggestions, reflect on themselves and also contradict the "Skill Compass". The "Skill Compass" in turn learns from this feedback and can make more appropriate suggestions in the future.

Cooperation partners: START Foundation,

Project period: July 2023 - ongoing


In a joint project, the University of Ulm, START and identified the requirements for the "Skill Compass" as part of the "Together it will be AI" competition of the Civic Innovation Platform of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, implemented it in a prototype and tested it with scholarship holders. The concept was awarded a prize in the associated "Together it's AI" ideas competition.

The digital "Skill Compass" is now being implemented: the University of Ulm, START and are implementing the "Skill Compass" and rolling it out as part of the START Campus for young people with migration experience. In the future, the "Skill Compass" can be transferred to similar support programmes for young people and thus demonstrate the responsible use of AI in (further) education as part of a further scaling to up to 4 million young people with a migration background.