ESCO - European Skills/Competences, qualifications and Occupations
On 23 October, the European Commission launches the classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) during the conference "ESCO Goes Live" in Brussels.
ESCO identifies and categorises skills, competences, qualifications and occupations in a standard way, using standard terminology in all EU languages and an open format that can be used by third parties' software. It enables users to exchange CVs and job vacancies stored in different IT systems.
The multilingual ESCO classification is:
composed of three inter-related pillars covering occupations; skills/competences; and qualifications;
linked to relevant international classifications and frameworks, such as NACE, ISCO and EQF;
available free of charge to all stakeholders through the ESCO portal.
ESCO was developed by the European Commission, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and a team of stakeholders and external consultants.