An innovative tool to fight youth unemployment, the European Hospitality Skills Passport will help to erase language barriers and enable worker mobility by making it easier to compare and validate skills received in different countries. The Passport will help hospitality workers find quality jobs and, at the same time, help employers find qualified workers.
The European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), together with the European Commission and HOTREC (the umbrella association of hotels, restaurants and cafes in Europe) launched the European Hospitality Skills Passport which will play a key role in fighting youth unemployment, which stood at 22.5% in the EU28 in April this year.
A Europe-wide study published at the end of 2013 revealed that the hospitality sector plays a critical role in fighting youth unemployment and is essential for jobs and growth and the health of other sectors. This is backed up by labour market statistics, which show that growth in employment in the hospitality sector amounted to 2.9% per year in 2000-2010, compared to an average rate of 0.7%.
The Skills Passport is a new tool offered on the EURES Portal that allows workers to record all the skills and competences gained during their education, training and practical work experience. The Passport complements a traditional CV and enables employers to easily find the skills they need. In so doing, the Passport facilitates a better match between offer and demand on the hospitality sector labour market.
Making jobseekers mobile
The Skills Passport brings benefits to both parties in the job search equation. For jobseekers, it allows them to take advantage of European mobility by presenting their skills and competences to employers regardless of their country or language.
The tool’s intuitive format allows jobseekers to easily add their skills by simply selecting them from a list and indicating the experience through which these skills were acquired. To further increase their appeal to potential employers they have the option of having their skills endorsed by former employers or by attaching diplomas or recommendation letters.
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