The Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). The classification is available in 26 languages (the 24 EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian).
ESCO facilitates the dialogue between labour market and the education/training sector by providing a common language that could help overcome labour market imbalances and increase occupational and geographical mobility in the EU.
The first full version (ESCO v1) is available free of charge through the ESCO service platform.
and will progressively display information on qualifications provided by the Member States.
The Commission also envisages integrating private, international and sectorial qualifications from other sources into ESCO in the near future. It is piloting this approach and discussing it with the Member States.
The publication of ESCO v1 is a key milestone in the achievement of objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and the New Skills Agenda for Europe. The publication will be followed by a conference entitled “ESCO: connecting people and jobs” that will take place in Brussels the 9 and 10 of October 2017. With this occasion, the Commission will showcase concrete use cases of ESCO and its added value in applications.
ESCO is managed by the European Commission has been developed in close cooperation with CEDEFOP and a wide variety of stakeholders from the labour market and education and training sector.For more information about ESCO, please contact EMPL-ESCO-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu.