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Developing Youth Workers' Competences in Finland

Study Visit

29 September - 3 October 2019 | Virrat and Ilmajoki, Finland

The cross sectoral study visit both explores the curriculum and teaching of youth work in secondary level vocational institution in Finland and helps to understand how what is learned in the education can be put into practice in daily youth work.

Combining formal education to practice

The study visit is a cooperation between the Vocational Education and Youth fields. It aims to explore the link between youth policies and the practice of youth work by looking at the elements in political documents on European and Finnish levels and seeing how they are manifested both in the educational plans of a vocational institution teaching youth work and in the practice of Finnish youth work on grass-root level.

The objectives are:

  • to familiarise oneself with the political and educational structures concerning youth work in Finland.
  • to familiarise oneself to the structures of youth work education in Finland
  • to explore and discuss the content and practices of youth work education on the secondary level in Finland
  • to discover how the competences gained in education are transferred to practical youth work on the field
  • to provide an opportunity to meet and discuss with youth workers, teachers, lectures, researcher and students in youth work field in Finland

The programme allows participants to get to know how the education of youth work on secondary level has been organised in Finland. It offers a possibility to explore the contents of the youth work curriculum on the secondary level education and see the links to national laws and European Youth Strategy in its planning. It offers hands-on experiences in the classroom and enables dialogue with youth work students about the content of their studies.

The programme also allows participants to follow students to their practical training and see how what has been learned can be put into practice. Visits to youth work organisations highlight how the laws and strategies manifest themselves on practical level in daily work.

The study visit is organised by Youth Centre Marttinen and South Ostrobothnia Folk High School.

A Diverse Group of Participants

The study visit may be useful for the people and organisations who have a keen interest in

  • developing models, methods and curricula for youth work (education) or similar
  • competence development of youth workers
  • teaching youth work (or similar, i.e. social work, community work, etc.)
  • promoting policy development in youth work education
  • looking for good practices to apply in daily youth work in their own setting

Participants can be teachers of youth and/or social work, developers of educational curricula, policy developers/makers, youth and community workers, coordinators in youth organisation and other similar actors with relevant links to the topic.

Vocational Education and Youth Work Combined

The activity is cross-sectoral and it wants to involve participants from the vocational education field and youth field.

The call is open for all the Programme Countries in Erasmus+ (VET and Youth), the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

The National Agency in your own country decides if it sends participants to this activity. Contact the National Agency in your country to ask if they are willing to send participants.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Study Visit is

for 30 participants

from Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth policy makers, Teachers of youth and/or social work, developers of educational curricula, policy developers/makers, youth and community workers, coordinators in youth organisation and other similar actors.

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



The National Agency of Erasmus+ in Finland (National Agency)


  • Youth Centre Marttinen (Youth NGO)
  • Southern Ostrobothnia Folk High School (Others)

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen


Phone: +358 400 247 774


Participation fee

The Finnish National Agency does not charge any participation fee.

Your sending National Agency may charge a fee for participation. Please contact your National Agency to know if they will charge the fee.

PARTICIPANTS FROM VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: please contact the relevant person in your National Agency to inform them about this activity. The contact person for VET in the Finnish National Agency is Sari Huttunen (sari.huttunen(at)oph.fi).


Accommodation and food

The board and lodging costs are covered by the Finnish National Agency, it will cause no expenses for the participants.

Travel reimbursement

The practice of reimbursing the travel costs may vary between countries. Contact your National Agency if you want to know how the reimbursement is carried out in your country.

Participants from Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia: The Finnish National Agency will cover all the cost related to travelling and obtaining visa (including travel costs and insurance for visa) to the participants from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.

The costs will be reimbursed afterwards to the participant's bank account.

In some cases we can also buy the flight tickets to the participants from the EaP + RU, if the organisation cannot afford to buy them. In that case the invoice will come directly to us.

Those selected to the SSV will get more detailed information on how and when the costs will be reimbursed.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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