Youthpass Newsletter January 2018

Dear readers,

2018 has taken off busy! We are happy to share with you the RAY research results, and to invite you to the first European Training Strategy (ETS) Conference. Also, you may be interested in the proposal for Key Competences that share an insight into the directions in which the Key Competences for Lifelong Learning are developing.

We invite you to have a look into the open call for participants for the training course Mindset of Youth Workers. The open consultation by the European Commission offers a possibility to have your say about the new EU programme(s) from 2021.

We wish you a successful 2018 full of exciting developments and recognition!

RAY sheds light on the impact of the programme and of Youthpass

  • 83% of participants involved in the reflection or self-assessment connected to Youthpass say that it helped to raise their awareness of their development and learning through the project.
  • When asked 2-11 months after the end of the project, 30% of the people who received Youthpass had been using it in some context.
  • 69% of those that had used it, thought that the certificate had been useful for that context.

These and many more interesting insights into the implementation and impact of the EU youth programme can be found in the transnational report with the long name Exploring Erasmus+: Youth in Action. Effects and outcomes of the ERASMUS+: Youth in Action Programme from the perspective of project participants and project leaders. Between October 2015 and April 2016, over 16,000 participants and almost 3,000 project leaders or team members from 29 countries answered a thorough survey that explored their views on the impact of participating in the youth programme. While the Youthpass related questions only formed a very small part of the survey, the report provides an impressive amount of data about the competence development and other impact of the programme.

The RAY Network is a European research network of National Agencies of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme and their research partners. The regular monitoring surveys aim at monitoring and developing Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the quality of projects supported by it.

  • Interesting data about the usage and impact of Youthpass in the various activities.
  • The RAY Network produces reliable evidence to better understand processes and outcomes in youth work and non-formal education.
  • Please find the full documents of the 2015-2016 monitoring survey here.
  • Factsheets highlight specific effects of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme on competence development, on personal and professional developments, on active citizenship, and on the effects it had on organisations. The factsheets can be downloaded here.

The 1st ETS Conference - The Quality Bonus

The European Training Strategy (ETS) focuses on capacity building for the development and sustaining of quality youth work. It provides spaces for cooperation, exchange and competence development, but also resources such as databases, handbooks, and competence models. The ETS encourages decision makers, experts and practitioners to cooperate on a broader scale to improve the quality of youth work and its recognition.

The 1st ETS Conference - the Quality Bonus will take place in March 2018. It will focus on sharing, exploring and discussing ideas and strategies for better capacity building and quality development within youth work, through enhanced education and training of youth workers.The conference will bring together experts from different youth work contexts such as practise, research, and policy making; it is open to participants from Programme countries and neighbouring partner countries.

The conference might be for you, if:
- you are involved in youth worker education and training,
- you are interested in contributing to the further development of quality youth work,
- you are interested in education and training strategies and in discussing them in a European – international environment,
- you might have a good example of practice to share, connected to education and training of youth workers, and
- ... and you are ready for a new challenge!

  • The first ETS conference - The Quality Bonus will be held in Mainz, Germany, on March 26-28, 2018
  • The conference will focus on sharing, exploring and discussing ideas and strategies for better capacity building and quality development within youth work.
  • The deadline to apply is 31 January 2017.
  • For more information and to apply, please have a look here.

Proposed ways forward with the Key Competences

Most of the readers of this newsletter are aware, that the description of learning on the Youthpass certificate has been organised according to the EU Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. Following a wide public consultation and several stakeholder meetings, the European Commission has proposed a Council Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.

In the Recommendation and its Annex, the set of the competences and their descriptions have been updated, based on the developments and challenges in societies and in learning. The competences are defined here as a combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Key competences are those which all individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, employability, social inclusion and active citizenship. They are developed in a lifelong learning perspective, from early childhood throughout adult life, and through formal, non-formal and informal learning.

Once the Council Recommendation on Key Competences is adopted, it will replace the key competences framework that has been in place until now. Accordingly, a few changes are to be expected this year in the respective parts of the Youthpass certificates and in the accompanying materials.

  • The European Commission proposes ways how education and culture can support an inclusive, cohesive and competitive Europe. A part of the initiatives is the proposal for the Council Recommendation on Key Competences.
  • Please access the related documents here.
  • The relevant documents include a factsheet, the proposal for the Recommendation, an Annex to the Recommendation with definitions for the Key Competences, and the thorough Staff Working Document with background information and explanation about the process of consultations.

Further Open Calls

  • MINDSET OF YOUTH WORKERS in supporting learning through youth mobilities. 13-19 May 2018, Netherlands. The Dutch National Agency invites you to apply for a five-day training course that provides a learning environment for youth workers to reflect on their mindset. The specific focus will be put on being a learner and supporting the learning of young people in youth work, especially in youth mobilities. Application deadline: March 30, 2018. For more information and to apply, please click here.
  • Have your say about the new generation of the EU programmes and join the consultation! In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of the EU programmes from 2021 onwards. For that, the Commission has launched a consultation with an objective to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of the EU budget. The consultation is open until March 8, 2018. For more information and to participate, please click here.

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