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YOCOMO – an ETS learning experience for youth workers: a systemic approach to competence development

Training Course

18-22 October 2021 | Königswinter, Germany

Youth work is systemic and youth workers’ competences do not develop in a vacuum: everything and everyone plays a role. What are the systemic skills needed for youth workers? What is the value of looking at competence development from that perspective?

This edition of YOCOMO  - also called ‘YOCOMO Systemic’ - is a learning experience that explores the potential of looking at competence development not only from an individual perspective but also from a systemic perspective. In this case, the system is not a bureaucratic or institutional one; it is rather about having a ‘systemic view’ on the whole field of your practice as a youth worker.

This course will invite you to look at the role of the whole system of interconnected players in your field (for example your organisation, young people, parents, schools, local community, etc.) on the development of your competences as a youth worker.

So, if…

  • you are a youth worker and you already have experience with international mobilities, but want to develop your competences further,
  • you are interested to experience working with the ETS competence model for youth workers,
  • you are motivated to explore the meanings of a ‘systemic approach to competence development’ in your work,
  • you are curious, open and ready to look at your youth work practice from a different perspective,
  • you are looking for a great opportunity to meet other colleagues and share, exchange, support and evolve.

Then YOCOMO Systemic is the right learning experience for you!



YOCOMO 3 intends to create a space for you, as a youth worker, to reflect and exchange on your practice using the ETS competence model for youth workers. You will also look at the potential impact the relation between a ‘systemic view’ and ‘competence development’ can have not only on yourself but also on the systems that you work with and belong to (your organisation, young people, local community, youth work in your country, etc.).

As participant, you will explore:

  • The ETS competence model for youth workers - its content, origins and intentions.
  • How to zoom out and see your youth work context as a living system?
  • What is your role and function in your youth work system? 
  • What does it mean to approach the competence development from a systemic point of view?
  • What is the potential of the ETS competence model in your youth work context?
  • How to do a systemic self-assessment and plan your development as a youth worker? 



Should you be interested to join this learning experience, it is important that you are involved in designing, implementing and evaluating the pedagogical activities organised by your structure. You will be asked to direct your own learning and in particular, have the ability to self-assess your competences (attitudes, skills, knowledge and behaviours). All participants must have a structure that supports them (NGO, school, municipality, youth centre, etc.). A fairly good knowledge of English is necessary since it is the working language.



The team of trainers for YOCOMO Systemic are Darko Marković, Natalja Gudakovska and Snežana Bačlija Knoch. Following the selection process, the training team will contact the selected participants with specific information and tasks regarding the further development of the programme, which includes online learning as well.



YOCOMO systemic is based on a long-term format and blended learning, meaning that they include:

  • One residential course of 5 days (arrivals on the 17th of October 2021, working days on 18-22, departures on the 23rd morning);
  • Online learning before (to prepare) and after (to experiment, harvest and further learn) on the HOP Platform – number of hours to be defined (no worries - very manageable :)
  • A final consolidation meeting of about 2 days on 11-12 January (arrivals on the 10th and departures on the 13th). Please make sure that you can participate in that meeting as well.

The general approach is based on the principles of non-formal learning and the course strongly supports reflection and self-directed learning.



Please note that although the course is meant to be residential, it is still subject to the evolution of the situation connected to COVID-19. Should restrictions occur, the course will take place on the same dates but in an online format. Accommodation is planned in double rooms.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 24 participants

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

and recommended for

Youth workers

Working language(s):



SALTO Training and Cooperation (SALTO Resource Centre)

Contact for questions:

Gisele Evrard Markovic


Phone: .

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.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

The German National Agency and SALTO Training and Cooperation will organise the accommodation and cover the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expense

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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