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Europass - All You Need to Know
Often, it is a problem for those working in a country one country to make their skills and qualifications understood in another European country. Thanks to different education systems and a different way of gauging skills in different countries, there is an inherent need for people to have their skills and qualifications understood in Europe's different States.
Europass aims to do exactly that, helping people document their skills and qualifications in a manner that can be understood by Europeans and can be used for getting jobs, education, training or other experience.
How does it help?
Simply put, Europass helps people to communicate their qualification and competencies in an easier and effective manner. Europass comes into use especially when one wants to bag a job or wants to pursue higher education in a country in Europe. For instance, a persistent problem faced by Universities there has been to make sense of the grading system of the various students belonging to different countries. Europass helps pass that hurdle.
What else does Europass do?
Apart from making it easier for people to move about European States, Europass also helps guidance practitioners to advise people properly when it comes to taking the right opportunities.
The accessible electronic format makes it easier for employers to know the qualifications of the person and lets people get more opportunities throughout the European continent. Effectively, Europass promotes a strong link between education, training, industry and business as you can go to a different country offering better opportunities for education and work.
How do you fill up the Europass?
Namely, the Europass has five areas or documents which you need to fill up thoroughly. These documents help one to understand your core competencies in a comprehensible manner. The documents required are the Curriculum Vitae, more popularly known as the CV, the Language passport, the mobility certificate, a certificate supplement as well as a diploma supplement.
Among the five, some documents like the CV can be filled up independently while some other necessary documents like the language passport need to be filled up by the relevant authorities. For instance, the diploma supplement is issued to graduates of higher education institutions. On the other hand, the Europass certificate supplement is for those people who have a training and/or vocational education award. Additional information like skills required for the award are also available for easy understanding. The Curriculum Vitae can be filled up online on the Europass site according to the directions there. You can download CV templates and update your current CV as well. Of course, creating your own CV does not require the stamp of another authority.
Apart from these, references, transcripts and other relevant copies can also be added.
Can you apply for a Europass?
Europass documents don't have any charge as such and so if you meet the qualification requirements, you can make your own Europass! Right now the Europass document is available in the 28 member States of the European Union as well as the EFTA/EEA countries and other candidate countries.
Responsibilities of providers who provide the Europass Certificate supplements
Getting all the Europass documents ready can take some time. Here are some things that you need to ensure that your provider complies with when you are applying for an Europass.
- You need to tell your provider to download Europass Certificate supplements that are necessary along with transcripts and certificates.
- More, providers should ensure that the appropriate Certificate Specification and links are given for learners information.
- Learners should be able to get access to the Certificate Supplement easily and certificate supplements should be attached to level 5 and level 6 major.
All about the European Skills Passport
This is what stores all information about you in a common format and can be used across Europe. You can create the European Skills Passport online on the Europass site.