A direct public service to make qualifications and skills better understood throughout Europe.
People who are looking for a job – whether in their own country or abroad – need to be able to present their qualifications and skills in a way that employers can correctly understand and appreciate.
The Europass service, available to individuals through a network of national centres and an on-line portal, aims to make this process easier.
There are a number of elements.
The portal – run by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and available in 26 languages – provides an interactive tool to complete theEuropass CV and the Europass Language Passport.
The Europass CV highlights people’s skills and abilities, including those acquired outside of formal education and training. Language skills are described with the help of the commonly used reference framework established by the Council of Europe.
Users can download the CVs that they create in several formats, including XML which enables direct uploading to on-line employment databases.
On average, around 22 000 CVs are created using the service every day.
Since December 2012 the CV can be accompanied by the European Skills Passport, a folder assembling together Europass and other documents attesting qualifications and skills. The European Skills Passport will allow citizens to present in a comprehensive way their skills and qualifications, acquired either in formal or non-formal settings. The Passport can be attached to the individual’s CV to complement and detail it. Read more about the European Skills Passport
Other Europass documents
Europass Mobility records a learning experience abroad, such as an academic exchange or a stage in a company – making it more visible for employers.
The Europass Diploma Supplement is extremely valuable for academic recognition. Developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO, it describes in a standardised way the nature, level, context, content and status of any higher education courses that an individual has successfully completed.
The Europass Certificate Supplement explains vocational training certificates in terms of skills and abilities, enabling employers to better appreciate what their holders can do.
Future developments of Europass
In 2013 the Europass portal will be enriched with a new ICT module, allowing individuals that are not ICT professionals to describe their skills in using information and communication technologies, applying a set of descriptors of competences recognized at European level. This new ICT module, currently under construction, will most probably be integrated in the Europass CV online tool.
Source: European Commision