Brazilian start-up advocating that we “retire the CV” wins future of work award

A Brazilian start-up that matches workers of all ages to jobs and helps them reskill has won the ILC’s Work for tomorrow competition.

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A Brazilian start-up which wants to see CVs “retired” has won an international future of work award.

Labora Tech, a Brazilian start-up that matches workers of all ages to jobs and helps them reskill, as the winner of the international Work for tomorrow competition.

Launched by ILC – the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity – and supported by the Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources, the competition has been looking for the most promising innovations across the world adapting to longer and changing working lives.

The competition received more than 60 submissions from organisations and individuals across 17 countries. Labora Tech is seeking to revolutionise recruitment by reducing bias and supporting career changes and flexibility at work.

It is an end-to-end HR technology that helps include workers of all ages at scale, by delivering large-scale recruitment drives for companies based on people’s soft and hard skills, matching people to jobs based on these skills, and providing the training, reskilling and mentoring environment to help people thrive in new roles.

Labora already has a community of more than 20,000 adults engaged in the platform and is seeking to expand its business in Brazil and across the world to encourage more employers to “retire the CV” and take a skills-based approach to recruitment to reduce bias and improve outcomes.

Lily Parsey, Global Policy and Influencing Manager at ILC, said: “The world of work is shifting – and quickly. As our working histories become more complex, we’re more likely to change careers and reskill, we need to think about hiring in a new way. Labora Tech takes blind recruitment one step further by really putting skills, not biases, at the heart of recruitment. It’s long overdue that we move from judging people on their CVs to valuing what someone actually brings to a job.”

The judging panel has also given a second “Community Award” to Brave Starts, a community-based platform that helps adults in the UK to try out and start new careers. Praised for its simplicity and potential to start a social movement, Brave Starts offers a programme to help people who are unsure about starting a new career understand what they want and what they might need to get there, link up with professionals already in that area, and build the right skills to make the leap.



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