02.02.2011 POLICY

Europass passes the ten million user mark

According to latest figures compiled by the European Commission, more than 10 million people are using the EUROPASS online CV to help them find a job. By offering a standardised CV template, available in 26 languages, Europass helps job-seekers to market their knowledge and skills in a user-friendly way to employers all over Europe and beyond.

Almost half of the Europass users are under the age of 25.

Europass was introduced in 2005 as an important tool in the "Youth on the Move" initiative, which encourages study and work abroad. It is available in 22 official EU languages as well as in Turkish, Croatian, Norwegian and Icelandic. It was originally targeted at young people looking for jobs and opportunities abroad. This target group is still its main users. Almost half of Europass users are under 25. One third has no previous work experience and only a minority has more than 5 years´ experience.

Easier to find employment

EUROPASS has proved popular with businesses and employment agencies. In a European Union press statement, Marc Vandeleene, PR & Communication Manager for Manpower Belgium, said: "In a constantly changing labour market, which is becoming more and more international, the Europass CV facilitates recruitment processes for companies and improves worker mobility. The way a person puts together a CV is often influenced by their local country culture. Standard practice in one country is not necessarily the accepted way in another. The Europass CV solves this problem." As well as using Europass to seek posts abroad, the number of people using the CV to apply for jobs in their own country is also increasing according to the European Commission figures.

Towards developing the new European Skills Passport

The Europass CV is a first step towards developing the new "European Skills Passport": it will allow people to better record skills acquired through experiences such as traineeships or volunteering (at home or abroad). Like the Europass CV, the skills passport will help job-seekers to present their abilities and experience more clearly.

According to latest figures compiled by the European Commission, more than 10 million people are using a ‘EUROPASS´ online CV to help them find a job. By offering a standardised CV template, available in 26 languages, Europass helps job-seekers to market their knowledge and skills in a user-friendly way to employers all over Europe and beyond. Almost half of Europass users are under the age of 25.

Text: Infonet