European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations

What is ESCO?

ESCO is a multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. By providing a common reference terminology, ESCO can enhance the functioning of the labour market, can help to build an integrated European labour market and can support bridging the communication gap between the world of work and the world of education and training.

With ESCO all actors in the European labour market and in the education and training systems can develop a shared understanding of occupations, skills, competences and qualifications. This common understanding should allow them to communicate effectively with each other.

ESCO has established 64 transversal competences organized into four categories. Each competence represents the description of the capacity in the work environment and its relationship with the main jobs in which the competence has greater relevance.

In CLAN we have analyzed and connected the 108 indicators of REBEL with the 64 competences of ESCO, in order to unify the language throughout the European territory and facilitate the process of evaluating the competence for the beneficiary.

Browse knowledge, skills and competences

"ESCO allows to exchange information on the demand for labor (job vacancies), on the supply of labor (candidate profiles, CVs, skills passports) and on improvement of human capital (training opportunities, career pathways). By facilitating a common language, supporting transparency and enables better services, as the use EUROPASS, for example"


Transversal skills and competences

Aplication of knowledge

General aspects of specialist skills which are commonly used in the workplace and in learning, for example:

  • Knowledge application
  • Implementation of knowledge
  • Utilization of knowledge
  • Use of knowledge

Attitudes and values

Individual work styles, preferences and work-related beliefs that underpin behaviour so that knowledge and skills are applied effectively.

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Social interaction

Ability to engage effectively and in a goal-directed manner with other people encountered at work or study, e.g. with colleagues, peers, curstomers, clients and patients.


Ability to apply mental processes to solve complex problems and achieve goals, to acquire knowledge and to perform complex tasks.

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