Youthpass has two main objectives: to create certificates for actions under the programme and to develop supplementary self-assessment instruments for long-term projects.
A typical Youthpass certificate is made up of two components. The first is a description of the learning experience undertaken, including information on the different actors and projects, as well as the aims of the project and the Youth in Action programme. The second is an annex carrying an assessment of the participant.
For the young people involved, it raises the profile and visibility of the experiences they gain and enables the ‘transfer’ of informal learning to other domains, such as application for prospective employment or formal education.
Youthpass was introduced in 2007 and is available for Actions 1.1 (Youth Exchanges), 2 (European Voluntary Service), 3.1 (Youth Exchanges and Training and Networking with Neighbouring Partner Countries) and 4.3 (Training and Networking) of the Programme and applies for its entire duration (2007-2013).
Organisations involved in YiA activities are responsible for informing participants about the Youthpass and its advantages, as well as issuing those interested with one.
The Europass is a broader instrument records a variety of learning experiences, both formal and informal. It is made up of five different documents: a CV, a language passport, a certificate supplement, a diploma supplement and a mobility record.
Youthpass will help Europass evolve by improving the access of young people to this instrument and by going beyond activities that are directly connected to the YiA programme. Technical pre-conditions will be provided to establish on-line links from Youthpass to Europass, and vice versa.
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