10.5 Youth workers
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Currently, there are no top-level policies, measures or guidelines regulating the status of youth workers in the country.
Currently, there are not any paths in formal education leading to a qualification as youth worker in Cyprus.
There is no training for continuous professional development, either directly organised or funded by public authorities, available to youth workers – volunteers and/or professionals – to reinforce and expand their competences. However, youth workers have the opportunity to continue their professional development and expand their competences by participating in Erasmus+ mobility of youth workers or Transnational Cooperation Activities organized by the Erasmus+ National Agency in the country.
With regard to skills recognition, the project “Establishment of mechanisms for the validation of non-formal and informal learning and pilot implementation” is under development. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth has assigned, under the process of open government tender, the project "Establishment of Validation Mechanisms for non-formal and informal Learning - Pilot Implementation" (Θέσπιση Μηχανισμών Επικύρωσης Mη-Tυπικής και Άτυπης Μάθησης – Πιλοτική Εφαρμογή) to two private organisations in Cyprus, lasting from November 2021 until August 2022. Within the framework of the project, between February-April 2022, public consultations will be conducted with the participation of governmental and private organisations and bodies, educational and research institutions that provide non-formal or informal learning and/or specialising in youth, education and adult education.
The Youth Initiatives Programme of the Youth Board of Cyprus offers the possibility for youth workers to take part in exchange opportunities on international level. According to the programme, youth workers can get funding to participate in a training activity, seminar or conference abroad, in Europe as well as beyond. The funding covers the travelling and accommodation expenses. The main objective is the professional development of youth workers.