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As there is no formal system in Latvia for the recognition of competencies acquired in non-formal learning activities, two EU proposed tools – Youthpass un Europass, are currently used.
Short description and figures about the situation in Latvia see below.Existing arrangements
On July 6, 2007, the programme "Youth in Action" approved Youthpass (Youth Passport) implementation. Youthpass is an initiative of SALTO Resource Centre, which aims to develop a Europe-wide document that facilitates the awareness and recognition of the skills and knowledge acquired within the EU's non-formal education program "Youth in Action".
Youthpass certificates are currently available for participants of youth exchange and volunteering projects and training courses. The project implementors are obliged to inform the involved participants about their rights to obtain Youthpass, as well as provide Youthpass issuance for each participant requesting it.
Youthpass projects may help young people to analyse their learning process and outcomes. The Agency for International Programs for Youth provides information on Youthpass (the use of the learning process in the organisation of projects, eight core competencies, Youthpass significance, etc.) during its various training activities. In Latvia young people's interest to obtain a Youthpass certificate is increasing each year.
So far in Latvia 12 931 Youthpass certificates have been issued within the "Erasmus+: Youth in Action" programme (2014 to 2020), from those 640 were issued in Volunteering projects and European Voluntary Service (data on October 2020). During 2018-2020 the European Solidarity Corps programme issued 288 Youthpass certificates, from those 210 were issued in Volunteering Projects (data on October 2020). The programme "Youth in Action" (2007 to 2013) issued almost 8700 certificates.
Information provided by National Agency for Youth.
Europass is an initiative launched by the European Commission with the aim to help people in an easy and understandable way reflect their education, knowledge and skills.
Europass offers 5 documents:
• Curriculum Vitae – helps to present skills and qualifications effectively and clearly;
• Language Passport – a self-assessment tool for presenting language skills and qualifications;
• Europass Mobility – records the knowledge and skills acquired in another European country;
• Certificate Supplement – describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of vocational education and training certificates;
• Diploma Supplement – describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of higher education degrees;
All 5 documents help EU citizens reflect their skills and knowledge when applying for jobs, internships, experience exchanges, or further education.
During the period 2005 – 2019, 14857 Europass Mobility certificates have been issued in Latvia.
Information provided by Europass in Latvia.