10.5 Youth workers
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The Czech legislation does not cover the concept of youth workers as such.
Only within the Leisure-based education concept, pedagogical staff do the respective kind of youth work activities and also need respective educational qualifications. The Youth Workers in Leisure-based Education are thus covered with the Act no. 563/2004 Sb. of 24 September 2004 on pedagogical workers and The Government Regulation no. 74/2005 Sb. of 9 February 2005 on leisure-time-based education (Vyhláška č. 74/2005 Sb., o zájmovém vzdělávání) as amended. The last amendment was in 2018.
As pedagogical staff providing direct educational activity in Leisure-based Education are considered:
b) pedagogical staff in institutions providing further education of pedagogical workers
d) specials pedagogs,
f) pedagogs of Leisure time,
g) assistants of pedagogs,
i) leading pedagogical workers.
There is no central regulation on Youth Work or Youth Workers within the NGO Youth Work. The qualification is required only in specific situations within the state funding schemes based on the vocational qualifications within the National Register of Qualifications.
The pedagogical workers in Leisure-based education get the qualification through the:
a) tertiary education in fields of Leisure-based Education (Free time pedagogy) or social pedagogy.
b) tertiary education in educational fields (with the exception of practical vocational training)
c) higher vocational school in a programme accredited for free time pedagogy or Social Pedagogy or pedagogy.
d) higher vocational school training in further education in programmes of Free time pedagogy, Social Pedagogy, Tutoring or pedagogy studies.
e) High schools education with leaving exam (maturita) in fields of Free time pedagogy or Social pedagogy.
f) High school education programme with leaving exam (maturita) provided by tertiary educational institutions in a programme of life-long learning in fields of Free time pedagogy, Social pedagogy, Tutoring or Pedagogy.
The mobility of Youth Workers is possible on individual attempts through the state programmes for funding Youth Work, Erasmus+ programme, European Solidarity Corps or other private sources. The only systematic exception is within the supported Czech-German Youth Cooperation.