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10. Youth work

10.6 Recognition and validation of skills acquired through youth work

Last update: 28 November 2023
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Existing arrangements

The competences of an individual, also those acquired through youth work, can be validated, see more in Youth Wiki/Finland 6.4 Validation of non-formal and informal learning. According to researcher Tomi Kiilakoski in his publication Youth Work Education in Finland, the Youth Barometer - a national representative survey conducted annually - indicates that young people recognise the importance of informal learning, with 97 per cent agreeing in 2017 with the statement that they have learnt a great deal of important knowledge and skills outside school.


The contribution of the Guides and Scouts in the Youth Work Centre of Expertise Kentauri, in creating a model to validate the skills and competences acquired from participating in different kinds of spheres for the further integration of formal and non-formal learning in educational institutions, as well as development related to the open badge system (led by the Sivis Study Centre) are reported in Youth Wiki/Finland 2.7 Skills recognition.