Commission survey on ESCO

Dear all,

The European Commission has launched a survey on ESCO. ESCO aims to be a multilingual European standard terminology and classification of skills, competences, qualifications and occupations. The DG EAC and DG EMPL have launched an internet survey and invites stakeholders to send feedback. More information enclosed + official invitation below.

This is a very important development to follow. Indeed, this system is based on a learning outcomes approach and may have an important impact at national/sectoral levels in the future. It is also closely linked to other developments such as New Skills for New Jobs or EQF/NQF. It is one of the topics our working group on tools and competencies will be invited to work on. Invitations will be sent shortly.

Kind regards,

Audrey Frith

On behalf of Ms Wallis Goelen and Mr Gordon Clark

Dear colleagues,
In line with the commitment first made as part of the New Skills for New Jobs Initiative and more recently in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the May 2010 Education Council conclusions on competences, preparatory work is beginning  on developing a common language for education/training and employment by building a multilingual European standard terminology and classification of skills, competences, qualifications and occupations (ESCO).  ESCO will be developed in close partnership with representatives of all relevant stakeholders from the worlds of education/training and work, including the social partners.

As a stakeholder with a potential contribution to make to ESCO, the Commission is keen to get your input at an early stage in the design and development process.  DG Employment and DG Education and Culture have therefore jointly prepared an online survey on ESCO and we invite you to freely and frankly contribute the views of your organisation.  The survey contains ten questions and should not take more than twenty minutes to complete.  The responses to the questionnaire will be analysed by the Commission and taken into account in the preparation of the preliminary proposals that will be put to the ESCO Board – its decision-making body composed of stakeholder representatives – later this year.

As background information to situate the questionnaire in context, we attach an overview note which explains what ESCO is and the needs leading to its development as well as outlining how ESCO work could be organised and giving some practical examples of how it could be used. Also attached is a note outlining the roles and involvement of stakeholders which explains the different types of operational and management structures for ESCO, their main tasks, the profile required of members of the structures and how they will be nominated.

To access the questionnaire please click here:

Responses to the questionnaire may be submitted until 1 October 2010 (reply to


The main organisations to whom this survey has been sent are listed below.

We apologise to those of you who are on several mailing lists and who receive this message more than once. Please feel free to forward the survey to any colleagues or other organisations not listed whose views you consider to be relevant.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this important development,
Wallis GOELEN                                            Gordon CLARK
Head of Unit                                               Head of Unit
DG EMPL D/3                                              DG EAC A/1


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