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Variety of youth work in EU. Case: youth worker certification system in Lithuania


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Presentation for the international conference “Support for youth work development in Latvia and Europe”. /Nerijus Miginis, Institute for Policy research and Analysis, Lithuania/

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Variety of youth work in EU. Case: youth worker certification system in Lithuania

  1. 1. Variety of youth work in EU. Case: Youth worker certification system in Lithuania Nerijus Miginis, Institute for Policy research and Analysis (Lithuania) 5th of November, 2014 #strategic #iResearch
  2. 2. What is youth work in Europe? Publication: Working with young people: The value of youth work in the EU, 2014
  3. 3. Why it is difficult to define youth work in Europe? • Does youth policy equal to youth work? • Are all youth NGOs providing youth work services? Does youth participation equal to youth work? • Should youth worker be paid or work as a volunteer? • Who is providing this service NGOs, State, Business, Church or all?
  4. 4. What to take in to consideration creating youth work system? • What qualification should youth worker have? University degree or qualification gained after training program? • Is it possible to recognize competencies a persona already has? • Is youth work a new function, service provided or reorganization of existing structures (hobby education)? • Were do we place youth work? Which policy domain? (Sport, Education, Youth, Integrated)
  5. 5. Other aspects • Who is paying for youth work services? State? Municipality? Business? Service user? • What aims do we set for youth work: leisure time activities? Education? Teenager pregnancies? Helping to solve social issues? • Other…
  6. 6. What is youth work in Lithuania? • Educational activities directed at young people or their groups during their leisure time activities, based on their needs, aiming create conditions for integration of youth in to life of society and empower them to create their personal life, consciously and actively participate in life of the society. Youth work supplements formal education and family education.
  7. 7. Who is a youth worker in Lithuania? • Youth worker – an adult, working with youth at their leisure time, aiming personal and social development of young people through individual work different youngsters and groups of youth, having needed competencies for this job.
  8. 8. Qualified youth worker  21 - 45 years old  secondary education + 5 years of youth work experience (min. 350 days) OR higher education + 3 years of youth work experiences (min. 200 days)  all generic youth work competences are assessed above 60% of required level  certificate is issued to confirm the qualification
  9. 9. Recognition of qualification based on prior experiences Application Info meeting with the selected ones Certificate is issued Competence assessment with the accredited Tutor Commission makes a decision Recommendation to attend qualification course
  10. 10. Getting qualification without (sufficient) prior experience Application Certificate is issued! Commission makes a decision Initial assessment Accredited qualification course with the integrated competence assessment
  11. 11. Accredited qualification course (“secure route”) 5 modules with integrated field practice and competence assessment Example of the module seminar (4-5 days) Min. 40 hours field practice Competence assessment in dialogue with tutor (individually or in a group)
  12. 12. Youth worker training modules To get the 30 competencies you have to go through: 1. Youth work context and personal development as youth worker 2. Youth age psychology 3. Individual youth work 4. Working with youth groups and difficult behavior 5. Methodologies of working with youth 6. Organization and project management
  13. 13. What is needed in the future: • Detached youth work (from 2012); • Work with specific target groups –NEET’s (from 2015); • Mobile work with youth; • Other…
  14. 14. Interested in Detached youth work? TC Detached youth work: UK, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. 2015 Jan 17-23 • With this project we want to create opportunity for the Baltic states: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to further develop youth work systems in their countries by institutionalizing detached youth work practices which are conducted in UK and Norway. • Contact: or •
  15. 15. Contacts Institute for Policy Research and Analysis & Lithuanian association of non-formal education Gedimino pr. 21-2, Vilnius, Lithuania www.institutas.EU @institutasEU #strategic #iResearch