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Youth Workers and Trainers Modular Trainings and Certification


The Awero (former Nectarus) team, together with Cities of Learning partners, International Youth Work Trainers Guild and European and National Youth Workers Associations, is creating a good practice example in Europe on how the European Training Strategy can be translated into specific actions – a set of modular training courses for youth workers and trainers.

We are building the training, recognition and certification framework within which we can have a European offer for our partners, youth workers and trainers. It will provide training on international youth worker competences, as a complementary activity to what youth workers are trained on locally or nationally.

Goal – to improve the quality of international youth work by implementing the European Training Strategy (ETS) modular training courses are based on the ETS competence model for youth workers and trainers working internationally.

We aim to provide more opportunities for the competence-based development of youth workers and trainers and respond to the European Training Strategy (ETS), closely linked to the European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA).

Develop Youth worker competences

Nine modular courses align to the ETS competence model for youth workers to develop professional competences

Develop trainer competences

Nine modular courses align to the ETS competence model for trainers to develop professional competences

Get recognition and certification

Use digital Open Badges aligned with the ETS competence models for youth workers and trainers to get certirtification

Hard work

Foreseen impact

Impact on youth workers

  • Increased competences to implement international youth work.
  • Increased participants' satisfaction with jobs and new professional opportunities due to increased competences
  • Increased recognition of their skills and better visibility of the youth worker profession.
  • More contacts and wider networks among participants and their organisations to initiate international cooperation projects within the Erasmus+ programme and beyond.
  • Increased competences will lead to better quality youth work. Therefore, our training courses will indirectly create a broader impact on youth work approaches, methodologies and higher-quality youth work.

Impact on trainers

  • Increased competences to train their target groups: other youth workers, young people, project managers, institutions, etc.
  • Increased competences to train their target groups: other youth workers, young people, project managers, institutions, etc.
  • Increased quality of training activities in the field of youth.
  • Wider adoption of the competence-based approach in designing new training activities by participants.
  • Increased satisfaction of trainer’s own performance and higher satisfaction of participants on the training courses they will attend.

Impact on organisations

  • Increased capacity of staff will lead to more quality educational offers made by organisations.
  • Organisations will gain valuable cooperation contacts for their future projects.
  • Organisations will be more aware of the European Training Strategy and European Youth Work Agenda and ways they can utilise it to their benefit.
  • Our project partners will be able to offer extra opportunities for trainers and youth workers from their countries, next to the national training opportunities.

International training courses for youth workers

During 2023-2027, we are organising 9 modular courses for youth workers, each course focusing on specific competence area identified in the European Training Strategy’s competence model for youth workers.

Facilitating learning

Planned on 15-21 September 2024. Applications open with deadline 8th July 2024.

Networking and Advocating

Planned on 5-11 May 2025

Designing programmes

Completed on 28th November - 4th December 2023

More courses will follow

Contact us at info@awero.org

International training courses for trainers

During 2023-2027, we are organising 9 modular courses for trainers, each course focusing on specific competence area identified in the European Training Strategy’s competence model for trainers.

Digital Competence

Planned on 4-10 July 2024. Call for participants closed.

Managing trainers life

Planned on 12-18 December 2024

Understanding and facilitating learning

Completed on 4-10 February 2024

More courses will follow

Contact us at info@awero.org

Certification system development and outreach

Watch a video explaining the Certification System Development concept
Find out more
Youth workers and trainers can earn open digital badges as new innovative micro-credentials, which are data-rich and provide evidence of learning. Each badge will be linked with specific skills, knowledge and attitudes. Participants will collect their development portfolio based on open badges. It can be shared across social and professional networks or exported as a PDF.


The Awero team will collaborate with partners to ensure that badges are well-aligned and contain relevant competence tags, aligning with existing youth workers' and trainers' national competence frameworks.

Download available resources:
  • Certification System Development and Outreach presentation.
  • Youth Workers Certification System Development and Outreach progress report linked to the 1st youth workers' training.
  • Trainers Certification System and Outreach progress report linked to the 1st training for trainers.

Partner organisations

Below is the list of partner organisations actively promoting, supporting and participating in this action. They recruit and help participants and contribute to establishing youth workers’ and trainers’ recognition and certification systems at local, national and international levels.

Awero is the lead applicant and partner implementing Erasmus+ Accreditation activities. Contact us for more information at info@awero.org

  • Cyprus - PlanBe, Plan it Be it
  • Greece - System and G, Greece
  • Hungary - Élményakadémia KHE / Academy of Experience
  • Italy - Madiba Società Cooperativa Sociale
  • Italy, Sardinia - Associazione Interculturale NUR
  • Italy - InCo Association
  • Moldova - “MilleniuM” Training and Development Institute
  • Netherlands - Breakthrough Foundation
  • Portugal - JumpIN Hub
  • Romania - Asociatia Babilon Travel
  • Serbia - BalkanIDEA Novi Sad
  • Slovenia - TiPovej!, Institute for Creative Society

Youth work associations
  • Cyprus Youth Council
  • Georgia - Youth Workers’ Association of Georgia
  • Greece - Hellenic Youth Workers Association
  • Ireland - Youth Work Ireland Midlands
  • Italy - National Informal and Non-formal Education Association (NINFEA)
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Open Youth Centres Association
  • North Macedonia - Union for Youth Work
  • Ukraine - Youth Worker's Association of Ukraine

Youth work and training organisations
  • International Youth Work Trainers Guild

Youth work and/or training organisations:
  • Armenia - Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO (YIC)
  • Austria - Plattform Generation Europa
  • Czechia - Youth Progress, z.s.
  • Czechia - Na Slunci z.s.
  • Germany - NaturKultur e.V.
  • Italy - Wild Routes
  • Italy - Ex Emigranti

Endorsers

The following organisations endorse youth worker and trainer competence development and recognition within this Erasmus+ Accreditation action.

Co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme



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