Education and training of youth workers

​​​​​​​Education and training of youth workers is vital, both for their personal and professional development and for the quality of youth work that they deliver.

Following the 2nd European Youth Work Convention and the adoption of the Council of Europe Recommendation on Youth Work CM/Rec(2017)4, education and training of youth workers became an important objective in the overall context of youth work development in Europe.

The Youth Partnership published a landmark mapping study on this topic, followed by a series of thematic papers exploring more in-depth themes, including ethics, perspectives of managers and educators, associations, and others.

The mapping study covered 41 countries and giv​​​​​​​es insights into:

  • youth policy and legislation;
  • education and training for youth workers (including opportunities offered in the fields of both formal and non-formal education and training);
  • quality assurance and competence frameworks and systems;
  • associations of youth workers;
  • employment opportunities and career paths for youth workers and professionalisation.