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Currently, there are no top-level policies, measures or guidelines regulating the status of youth workers in the country.
In 2017, the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) launched an online consultation phase for developing the standards of vocational qualifications of the youth worker. This consultation phase together with the efforts for creating the mechanism of validation of non-formal and informal learning will result in developing standards of vocational qualifications of the youth worker and the validation of the competences of young people taking part in youth work activities.
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.
At this moment, there is not any procedure for the validation of skills and competences gained by youth workers through non-formal and informal learning, but this is something to be developed soon through the mechanism of validation of non-formal and informal learning, as mentioned by the Minister of Education in the 2017 Conference on Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning.
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.