The European Commission has today launched the European Hospitality Skills Passport, a tool developed to facilitate contact between jobseekers and employers in the hospitality and tourism sector in Europe. It will be available in all languages. The Skills Passport is hosted on the European Job Mobility Portal EURES (eures.europa.eu) and will allow workers and employers alike to overcome language barriers and to compare skills acquired by hospitality workers in order to improve recruitment in the sector.
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, said: “The European Hospitality Skills Passport is an important practical tool to promote mobility of European workers, especially young people, within a sector that has high potential for growth. This initiative is also a good example of the outcome of the social dialogue at European level and we look forward to seeing this cooperation expand into other sectors of the labour market.”
The Skills Passport is an initiative of the Commission in association with its social partners in the hospitality sector: EFFAT, the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors, and HOTREC, the umbrella association representing hotels, restaurants, cafés and similar establishments in Europe.
“EFFAT and HOTREC, the Social Partners in the European Hotel and Restaurant sector, have done a great job in jointly elaborating the skills list for the European Hospitality Skills Passport. This innovative tool, available in all EU languages, will enable hospitality workers in Europe to document all the skills they acquired in education, vocational training and on the job, and to get those skills recognised,” said Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT General Secretary.
In the Skills Passport, workers can record all the skills and competences gained during their education, training and practical work experience in an easily accessible format. The Passport complements a traditional CV and enables employers to quickly overcome language barriers and to find the skilled workers they need to fill their vacancies. It therefore facilitates a better match between the offer and demand on the hospitality labour market.
The European Hospitality Skills Passport is the first in a series of passports aimed at high-mobility sectors of the European economy. The European Commission is committed to supporting mobility on the European labour market as one way of improving employment, and will continue to work with its partners to expand the European Skills Passport tool to support other high-mobility sectors in Europe.
In April 2014 over 5 million young people under 25 were unemployed in the EU, with an overall youth unemployment rate of 22.5%. This makes it even more important to support sectors that have consistently provided young people with opportunities, such as the hospitality and tourism sector.
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 the growth in employment in the hospitality sector amounted to 2.9% per year, which created 2.5 million jobs in 2000-2010. This is compared to an average rate of 0.7%.
To promote the launch of the Skills Passport, the European Commission, HOTREC, EFFAT and EURES are organizing a European Hospitality Skills Passport Thematic Week on 23 - 27 June 2014. This will be held across the partners’ social media accounts and will engage with jobseekers and employers in the hospitality and tourism sector throughout Europe to introduce them to the features of the tool.
EFFAT: Kerstin HOWALD, email@example.com, +32 2 218 77 30, www.effat.org
EURES: Pascale WOODRUFF, firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 2 29 55409,eures.europa.eu
HOTREC: Isabel SOBRINO, email@example.com, +32 2 513 63 23, www.hotrec.eu