Global talent assessments

Posted on 12/18/2019 by in Blog

Supporting a successful global recognition system
By Dr Mamta Chauhan

Academic and professional mobility is a significant driver for shaping the future success of nations. This mobility enables highly-skilled individuals to cross borders – transferring their skills, expertise and knowledge.
There is a growing consensus that nations will miss out on an enormous talent pool if they do not create opportunities to facilitate a fair and strong global system to recognise skills.

Governments see the value in utilising the different skills and talents of people from elsewhere and are looking for global and national processes that will enable individuals to move between countries that recognise their qualifications and experience. How do we go about streamlining the skills recognition process, given the differences between educational and professional standards across the globe?

Does your country have the right mechanisms in place to assess the range of skills and experience acquired by individuals, to optimise their abilities for your nation’s economic and social benefit?

Robust recognition

The Groningen Declaration Network is pursuing robust systems to enable digital accessibility for people’s qualifications, so those qualifications can be recognised globally.

This work comes with challenges and VETASSESS will share its views on what it defines as best practice to mitigate risks while supporting UNESCO-proposed global conventions on the recognition of qualifications.

Industry involvement

It is important for industry to be engaged in the process. What skills do employers need and how do other stakeholders ensure that mobile individuals have the qualifications and experience to meet employers’ needs?

The concept of a skills passport (similar to NOKUT’s Qualifications Passport for Refugees) is gaining attention in Australia. It is a great example of capturing learner skills on a digital platform to facilitate easy access to employability.

International collaboration

International platforms of collaboration, particularly the GDN, bring together like-minded organisations nationally and from different countries to work together to support global skills recognition.

VETASSESS will continue to provide insights into how a successful model for global skills recognition could work, in terms of both processes and technological solutions.


This an abstract from an address by Dr Mamta Chauhan, VETASSESS Australia, at the 8th annual Groningen Declaration Network in Mexico, 2019.

Dr Chauhan is Group Manager, VETASSESS Australia. She provides oversight, leadership, and management of migration skills assessments for more than 350 general professional occupations to individuals across the globe.

VETASSESS is Australia’s leading provider of skills assessment services for migration and employment purposes and assesses skills across more than 350 general professional and 25 trade occupations against Australian standards.