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2. Voluntary Activities

2.9 Skills recognition

Last update: 19 July 2024
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  1. Policy Framework
  2. Existing arrangements

Policy Framework

In the Decree of 6 December 2011 on the Promotion of Youth Work (Dekret vom 06. Dezember 2011 zur Förderung der Jugendarbeit) in the German-speaking Community training, skills and quality play an essential role. Article 50 foresees the creation of a Youth Commission (Jugendkommission). This commission has the task to coordinate, organise and evaluate training and further training for young people and youth leaders in the German-speaking Community. Moreover, the Youth Commission gives advise to the government with regard to funding and recognition of training activities.

Young people, who participate in and succesfully achieve the basic training for voluntary youth leaders (Grundausbildung für ehrenamtliche Jugendleiterinnen und Jugendleiter) organised by the Council of the German-speaking Youth (Rat der Deutschsprachigen Jugend, RDJ), are issued a certificate that attests the skills acquired through their training. This certificate can be used, for example when applying for a job but is not linked (yet) to an European credit system such as ECTS and ECVET.

Currently, there are no other policies, mechanisms and tools for the recognition and transferability of skills gained in volunteering.

Existing arrangements

In addition to the Youth Commission, the Youthpass is used by youth workers and volunteers within the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programme.