Kutsekoda as Estonian Europass Centre

Europass is an initiative of the European Commission, the objective of which is to help increase the mobility of citizens for the purposes of learning and work. Estonia’s Europass Centre has been operating since May 2005 as a unit of Kutsekoda. The Centre’s main tasks include introducing Europass documents to various target groups, administering the relevant information system, and cooperating with the information and consultation network.

What is Europass?

Europass helps individuals highlight their abilities in an effective way. It promotes the mobility of individuals throughout Europe by removing barriers to working, studying or training in Europe. It is free and enables people to present their competences, skills and qualifications in a clear way.
Europass consists of five documents to make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe:
Two documents freely accessible, completed by European citizens: 
o the CV helps you present your skills and qualifications effectively and clearly. You can create your CV online
   using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions.
o the Language Passport is a self-assessment tool for language skills and qualifications. You can create your
   Language Passport online using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions.
Three documents issued by education and training authorities:
o the Europass Mobility records the knowledge and skills acquired in another European country;
o the Certificate Supplement describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of vocational education
   and training certificates;
o the Diploma Supplement describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of higher education degrees. 

Europass in Estonia 2011

In 2011, a total of 18 613 Europass CVs (+ 29% in comparison with 2010) were prepared in Estonia, which indicates that the awareness of people regarding Europass has risen noticeably. This was due to the close cooperation with the European Job Mobility Portal (EURES), career counselling centres and other organisations supporting experience abroad. 
In 2011, 21 Europass Certificate Supplements were prepared along with English translations, and 115 Europass Certificate Supplements were available in 2011 on the EQA’s homepage in Estonian as well as in English.      
In 2011, 536 Europass Mobility documents were issued in hard copy. The most popular mobility destinations were Finland (25%), Germany (20%) and Italy (9%). In 2011, an attempt was made to implement the electronic system for the registration of Europass Mobility documents developed by Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), which proved to be unsuccessful due to an overly complicated technical solution.  
In 2011, the Europass newsletter (7000 copies) was published for the first time, the objective of which was to provide an introduction to Europass documents through stories and practical articles, but also to give a somewhat broader picture of the various possibilities for acquiring experience abroad and the benefit of doing so. The newsletter’s target group are upper secondary school and VET centre students. Interest in the newsletter was quite strong, and all copies were distributed within a couple of months to libraries and schools. 
The Europass Centre was also active at the international level, participating in a total of six Europass centres meetings and developing common proposals together with other centres in connection with the amendment of the Europass CV format and new Europass document concepts (“Europass Skills Passport” and “Europass Experience”). In addition, the Estonian Europass Centre helped in the preparation of the new Europass homepage, which was opened to the public on 15 December 2011.

For more information about Europass, please visit our homepage: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home