The European skills passport

The European skills passport (EUROPASS)

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The European skills passport is a common and very complete tool, recognized in 33 countries. It is a unique framework tailored for individuals’ skills, competencies and know how.

Thanks to a common template, it enables to communicate and share experiences gained through international mobility easily and across the borders.

The European skills passport is designed as a complete folder, made of a set of 5 European documents partly available online: a CV, a language assessment and certifications of mobility.

Pieces available online:

Europass CV: new standardized version, since 2005. Included “European qualification framework” (facultative) in order to make easier comparison between certification and diplomas across Europe

Europass language passport: reflect of the assessed competencies. The Europass Language Passport describes the language skills using a six levels grid. These levels are in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and it is used all across Europe. The Language Passport is a self-evaluation, it helps analyzing the language skills and level.

Pieces available upon request:

Europass mobility: it records concretely the learning experiences in other European countries, such as traineeships, student exchange or voluntary work.

It’s a nominative document that highlights quality of the mobility (partnerships between sending and hosting organization and objectives of the training).

It offers an overview of the competencies (formal and non-formal) developed during mobility.

Europass mobility is delivered by the sending organization with an authentication number.

Two European certificates: aimed to give a common European shape/framework to any vocational or educational experience.

  1. Europass certificate supplement (ECS): for professional or vocational training road. The document gives information on the content of your practical qualifications and the vocational competence you have had during mobility

You can get your ECS from the education institute in which you have completed your vocational qualification. The education institute is obliged to issue this certificate upon request. It’s also available for free on official national website, for France: www.cncp.gouv.fr

  1. The Europass diploma supplement (EDS): for higher education, and foreign diplomas. It has been created jointly by European institutions and

EDS is a nominative document, given together with a college diploma that provides information on the specificities of your training, the content and the level acquired. The hosting higher education institute (university) delivers EDS upon request.

Specific objectives of the tool

The European skills passport is a common framework for any kind of individual competencies. The major objective tackled is to standardize communications on skills and personal know-how, all over Europe.

European skills support a better understanding of the wide range of vocational and education formations provided in Europe. At the end of the day, this common shape should enable employers to clearly understand applicant’s skills even though his experience took place abroad.

Taken as a complete file it provides a well balanced mix of self-assessed competencies and official certifications that should catch the attention of employers and ensure the success of the candidates.

The documents available online are easy to handle. They rely on personal involvement and will to develop experiences and skills through self-assessment. Different supports can be found in association or job centers.

The documents available on request are directly aimed to highlight each curriculum’s specificities. They provide official certification and are a proof of accountability.

In a nutshell, the European Skills Passport enables:

  • Applicants to share and communicate on their skills
  • A mean of communication on the European curriculums, so that it matches with job market’s requirements.
  • Youth empowerment through the self-assessment methodology
  • Official certifications

Type of mobility targeted

Mobility whereas the documents provided on request are often consistent with higher education or vocational training.

Who’s the user?

The purpose of the European skills passport is to be used as widely as possible in Europe, and then anybody should be able create its own passport without consideration for the age, qualification level or nationality.

The CV and the language passport are filled directly by the participant in a mobility program, according to its own feeling and self-assessment.

The project managers can be involved in this process by providing support and tips to make it easier.

Concerning the documents available on request, the main actors are the sending and hosting organizations which are accredited to deliver certifications.

How to fill it out?

The European skills passport is quite easy to use.

Participants can find the template for Europass CV and passport language online, for free and ready to be filled out with the personal data.

It can be printed, updated or saved online according to the needs.

Interesting examples and templates are available for each session of the CV help the participant to assess the skills and competencies acquired during the mobility period. Project managers and job center are keen on supervising any productions.

The European skills passport can be personalized, not only you can join the above described Europass documents but also any documents useful to prove and highlight your skills (recommendation letters, diplomas, cover letters …).

Established practice related to this tool

The forms provided in the skills passport, enable the participant to highlight the outcomes of the mobility period and to get official certifications related to it in the job searching process.

These forms are ready to be shared with any hosting organizations, for a job application or during a job interview to illustrate the experience.

Pictures and examples

 

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Additional information

To create your European Skills Passport: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose

The platform is available in 27 languages.

CV template and practical instruction can be download here: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/fr/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions

A relevant list of good practices, useful link, institution and network involved in the field of vocation training and education are available here:

https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/links