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The quality bonus - the first ETS Conference


26-28 March 2018 | Mainz, Germany

This first ETS Conference will focus on sharing, exploring, and discussing ideas and strategies for better capacity building and quality development within youth work and through enhanced education and training of youth workers.
THE QUALITY BONUS Conference will take place on 26-28 March 2018 in Mainz/Germany and 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 - ... moreover, you are ready for a new challenge! The Conference will be an opportunity to enable stakeholders of education and training to further contribute to the development of quality youth work. It will focus on systems and opportunities for youth workers by exploring topics related to the European Training Strategy (ETS), which provides resources for better strategical approaches. Besides spaces to explore and exchanges on practices and experiences, the Conference will also pay a particular attention to policy-based processes, such as the Council conclusions on the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people (2013). The Conclusions are an important groundwork for the development of quality youth work, also from the perspective of education and training of youth workers. In the context of the Conference, the Conclusions will also be taken into consideration to explore links with other initiatives and processes. When looking at training and education realities for youth work [ers] in the Erasmus+: YiA Programme and neighbouring partner countries, very diverse situations can be found. Because of its focus on quality youth work through capacity building, the related processes it initiated, and the tools it developed, the ETS not only provides spaces, but also resources such as databases, handbooks, competence models, principles, etc. that support stakeholders in using and adjusting them to their contexts. Moreover, the ETS encourages decision makers, experts and practitioners to cooperate on a broader scale to improve the quality of youth work and its recognition; such an approach to synergies and cooperation will also be sustained during the Conference. Beyond links and synergies, the Conference will offer space to discuss necessary steps to undertake for better strategical approaches at different levels and in different contexts. More specifically, the Conference will be a collective space intending to: - Create common (strategic) space for sharing knowledge and experiences of different approaches/practises to address the diversity of youth work from a systemic perspective (incl.– national and international levels); - Get inspired by good examples of practice in youth workers’ education and training using a competence-based approach - in Erasmus+: YiA and in other contexts (national/international); - Explore the links and the opportunities of the national and European dimensions of competences for youth workers; - Identify next steps at local, regional, national and European levels in terms of strategical developments. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS & APPROACH The Conference will bring together approx. 120 participants from different youth work context such as practise, research, policy making coming from more European and neighbouring partner countries. The profile of participants therefore includes National Agencies of Erasmus+ (youth and education and training), universities and vocational schools, policy-makers, expert, practitioners, trainers, and researchers. The Erasmus+: YiA programme countries will have the opportunities to form delegations of max. 4 people. The Conference will be an interactive and dynamic space, which will include, among other elements, virtual support not only to get prepared but also during the event to exchange and communicate within the group and with the ‘outside world’. For more detailed information (programme expected outcomes, background), please refer to the draft programme and tot he 'background info call' documents attached.

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 120 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth policy makers, Universities and vocational schools, policy-makers, expert, practitioners, and researchers

Working language(s):



SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre in close cooperation with the European Commission and JUGEND für Europa – the German National Agency of Erasmus+: Youth in Action (SALTO Resource Centre)


  • JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)
  • European Commission (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Rita Bergstein - Gisele Evrard Markovic

E-mail: evrard@jfemail.de



Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the sending NAs/SALTO RCs - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. (Note for sending NAs: This activity is financed by TCA 2017)

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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