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The European Parliament’s Positive Action Contract Agent Selection Tool (CAST) for people with disabilities is now open!  

Every year, the EP runs a positive action CAST specifically for people with disabilities to gain a first working experience at the EP. The CAST is open to all profiles and backgrounds for people with a long-term disability equal to or greater than 20%.

Interested? Register before 2 April 2021 (Central European time) for a permanent CAST and send your CV, preferably in the Europass format, to PERS-PositiveAction@europarl.europa.eu giving your EPSO candidate number and stating you meet the disability status criterion.

Find all detailed information in the European Parliament’s Call (available in EN, FR, DE).

Post date: 17/03/2021 - 15:20

WHAT?

Paid traineeship at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in different domains reserved for trainees with a disability. This programme guarantees 4-6 paid traineeships a year to EU nationals with a recognised disability. Candidates must have a university degree or be third year students (or equivalent) of a higher education establishment. 

WHEN?

Traineeships take place in two periods, each lasting five months:

1 February to 30 June (first period)

1 September to 31 January (second period)

HOW?

For further information and to apply please consult the Council's website.

TESTIMONIES

Discover the testimonies of trainees who have participated in this action programme.

Post date: 25/02/2021 - 09:44

EPSO, the European Personnel Selection Office for the EU Institutions, strives to increase the diversity of its talent pool and thus help the EU Civil Service be fully representative of the diversity of the EU citizens it serves. Therefore, it has launched a pilot diversity survey to better understand the diversity of the existing candidate pool and improve its outreach to future potential candidates.

This survey has been sent to a candidate population of past and closed competitions between 2018 and 2020 during the first week of February 2021, and participation is on a voluntary basis. The survey is entirely anonymous and in line with current data protection requirements. The data collected through the survey will solely be used for the purpose of statistical analysis of the diversity of the candidate pool.

Enhancing social acceptance, fighting prejudice and promoting the benefits of diversity in an increasingly diverse society are amongst the key objectives of the EU. It is indeed recognised that equality and diversity can help Europe in meeting todays’ challenges by reinforcing participation in labour markets and ensuring that everyone in society can make the most of their respective talents. 

EPSO ensures equal opportunities in its selection procedures and access to all candidates regardless of their background. It respects inclusion in its selections and provides all candidates with an equal opportunity to fully demonstrate their competencies by identifying and eliminating potential blocking factors, possible biases and any other risks of discrimination. The pilot survey will help refine EPSO’s activities aimed at improving the attractiveness of an EU career to all EU citizens.

The deadline for replying to the survey has been closed. EPSO is in the process of analysing the responses.

Post date: 05/02/2021 - 10:49

EPSO actively promotes equality and diversity in all its selection procedures.

In particular EPSO would like to reach out to EU citizens from diverse backgrounds, inform them about EU Career opportunities and its equality and diversity policy and encourage them to consider a career in the EU institutions or agencies and ultimately apply to EPSO’s ongoing and future selections.

For more information regarding this call for cooperation, please visit the dedicated page.

Post date: 10/12/2020 - 09:45

In the context of the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, EPSO has developed a new Guide on reasonable accommodations in its selection tests to inform you on how to request special adjustments. 

Reasonable accommodations procedure, type of documents such as medical certificates to provide, examples of possible accommodations, practical toolbox with tips and tricks are only some of the things you can discover in this guide.

More information and tools on how to request special adjustments?

Discover our step by step flyer on how to request special adjustments of selection tests.

Should you encounter difficulties accessing this document with assistive technology, please refer to this accessible version.

Discover EPSO’s overview of possible accommodations in its selection tests.

For more information regarding EPSO’s  equality diversity and inclusion policy, please visit EPSO’s equal opportunities page.

 

Discover our video on special adjustments in selection tests:

Post date: 03/12/2020 - 14:30

VIPTechJob is a web application helping visually impaired people to find a job in a more accessible way.

EPSO fully supports this project, and its job opportunities are displayed on VIPTechJob’s website.

Discover EU careers opportunities and many other on VIPTechJob app.

 

EPSO would like to attract more talent with disabilities and specific needs.

Therefore a call for cooperation to all EU disability organisations involved in the promotion and welfare of persons with disabilities was launched. Discover more about this call.

Post date: 11/08/2020 - 09:32

EPSO has developed an overview of possible accommodations in selection tests for candidates with disabilities or specific needs including pregnant and breastfeeding candidates.

This document explains how we define reasonable accommodations and proposes a glossary of possible accommodations. For each type of accommodation, you can discover what it entails, at which test phase and in which test centres it is possible to grant it, and who is responsible for providing it.

Find out more about it here.

Please note that the glossary of accommodations is only indicative and not exhaustive, you can always request other accommodations based on your specific needs and condition(s). It is a living document and will be regularly updated based on the evolution in the field of reasonable accommodations, new requests for adjustments in the selection tests introduced by our candidates and new accommodations granted.

Want to learn more about EPSO’s equality and diversity policy? Please visit our equal opportunities webpage.

Discover our video on reasonable accommodations and the step by step flyer on how to request special adjustments in the selection tests.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us (epso-accessibility@ec.Europa.eu).

Post date: 02/07/2020 - 13:00

WHAT?

Paid traineeship at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in different domains reserved for trainees with a disability. This programme guarantees 4-6 paid traineeships a year to EU nationals with a recognised disability. Candidates must have a university degree or be third year students (or equivalent) of a higher education establishment.

 

WHEN?

Applications for the September 2020 — January 2021 traineeship period are open from 17 February (noon, Brussels time) to 16 March 2020 (noon, Brussels time).

 

HOW?

For further information and to apply please consult the Council's website.

Post date: 17/02/2020 - 09:59

In EPSO we believe in and actively promote equality and diversity in all our selections.

In particular we would like to reach out to EU citizens with disabilities (including various medical conditions) and encourage them to apply to work for the EU institutions or agencies.

This is also an opportunity to inform our citizens and potential candidates about our equality and diversity policy, specific measures for candidates with disabilities (including various medical conditions) and share some practical tools on how to request special adjustments in selection tests.

For more information regarding the call for cooperation, please visit the dedicated page.

Post date: 03/12/2019 - 10:00