It is a portfolio of five documents, which conform to a standard format in all European countries:
Europass CV helps users highlight their skills, qualifications and work experience. It provides a template to help users draw attention to the attributes that will set them apart from others. It can be downloaded through the UK NEC website.
Europass Language Passport makes it possible for users to record their language ability. Users can record language courses they have completed, any language experience they have and rank their proficiency to a common European scale of language skill. It can be downloaded for self-assessment through the UK NEC website.
Europass Mobility document can also help with the recognition of an individual’s learning. Anyone completing a placement or course under the Lifelong Learning Programme is automatically eligible for a Europass Mobility document.
Certificate Supplement provides additional information about the type of education and training that an individual has completed. It is an appendix to vocational qualification certificates for use in an international context.
Diploma Supplement is similar to the Certificate Supplement, but it deals with higher education qualifications. It again provides information about the qualification and content, but it also has information about the country’s education system. It is an appendix to higher education degree or diploma for use in an international context.
A Europass portfolio can comprise any number of these instruments, depending on the experience of the individual. Instruments can be added or edited when new experiences or qualifications are acquired. In short, Europass can help make skills and qualifications more transparent across Europe. It can help employers and admitting institutions to understand more clearly what an individual is able to contribute.