Europass Mobility as a way of supporting internationalization

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Europass Mobility is a document which formally records details of the skills and competences acquired by an individual – of whatever age, educational level and occupational status – during a period of mobility in another European country. It contains information on what tasks a person has performed, what they have been responsible for, and what skills have been learned.

What is it?

  • A document to record knowledge and skills acquired in another European country:
  • a work placement in a company
  • an academic term as part of an exchange program
  • a voluntary placement in an NGO

Who is it for?

  • Any person moving to a European country to learn or acquire a work experience, whatever their age or level of education.

Who completes it?

  • Two partner organisations involved in the mobility project, the first in the country of origin and the second in the host country.
  • The partners may be universities, schools, training centers, companies, NGOs, etc.

The mobility certificate can be used to promote cooperation with international partners. A student who has received a mobility certificate can also use it to help identify and articulate his or her own competencies. 

At a workshop organized by the Finnish Europass center on 21.04.2021, the possibilities and the development of the mobility certificate were discussed. 


Results from the workshop

Regarding the use of Europass Mobility

  • The mobility certificate should be used throughout the mobility period: with a partner organization you can set the objectives together from the perspective of the mobility certificate and reflect on them later
  • Learners involved in the process reflect on their own knowledge and acquired knowledge and skills, then the acquired competence is confirmed by the signature of the organization in question
  • Mobility certificate descriptions support the identification and wording of one's own skills, e.g. for a job search: it is a document for the student to provide personal support for highlighting the skills acquired through mobility
  • The mobility certificate may contain items typically included in certificates of employment or could even replace them
  • Recording everything learned is a challenge, although a mobility certificate is a good tool for doing that

The future of the mobility certificate: 

  • An easy-to-use and simple mobility certificate would further its use and usefulness
  • Could Europass be made electronic or made shorter and more concise, taking different kinds of learners into consideration?
  • A fully electronic Europass Mobility on mobile would be useful
  • Representatives of working life should be heavily involved in the development of  Europass Mobility in order to get employer feedback
  • It is important that the working life representative in the target country is aware of and strongly involved in the recognition of the role of Europass in the skills being learned and documented

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