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10. Youth work

10.5 Youth workers

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  1. Status in national legislation
  2. Education, training and skills recognition
  3. Mobility of youth workers

 

Status in national legislation

 

The only form youth work as a distinct entity can be found in the legislation (besides the educational aspects and the references of the National Youth Strategy) is the reference to the 'youth assistant' profession of the Hungarian Standard Classification of Occupation (hereinafter referred to as HSCO) of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Központi Statisztikai Hivatal). That practically means that laws only consider youth workers with corresponding education and/or occupation; therefore, volunteers are under different legal understanding. 

Different laws list a range of jobs that can be held with the youth assistant occupation. According to the website (a honlapja szerint) of the Office, typical positions include (but are not limited to):

  • Child and youth protection officer
  • Child protection supervisor
  • Youth assistant
  • Youth officer
  • Youth education associate
  • Community development assistant
  • Community assistant
  • Community childcare advisor
  • Social educator and helper-rehabilitation  

Education, training and skills recognition

 

Until 2017, youth work as a profession could be obtained in higher vocational training (between 2012 and 2017 as a higher education vocational training). In 2015 a decree of the Ministry of Human Capacities [18/2016. (VIII. 5.) EMMI rendelet] has created the Community Coordinator BA (Közösségszervezés BA) level education. Its youth community coordinator specialisation has become the successor of the vocational training.

Besides this, the New Generation Centre has organised peer counselling training as 30 hours of adult education programmes (oktatási programok) to equip participants for volunteer peer community coordination. Upon interest, the Centre also organised trainings about 'Basics of the youth profession' ('Ifjúságszakmai alapismeretek') and about 'Peer counselling' ('Kortárssegítők felkészítése').

In 2020, the successor of the New Generation Centre, the Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap), organised an online open university (online szabadegyetem) to youth professionals and to the sectors related to youth. The main topic was how to adapt the new situations, resulted by the pandemic, and one of the programme points was a counselling programme: individual and team counselling, mentoring and coaching activites to youth professionals. 

From time to time the Hungarian Association of Youth Service Providers [Ifjúsági Szolgáltatók Országos Szövetsége (hereinafter referred to as ISZOSZ)] organises training opportunities – in the past years, they have offered summer schools, training, and – between 2016 and 2018 – the Academy of Profession for the Youth [for more details see their website (honlapjuk)].

There are no further official procedures for validating non- and informal learning outcomes than what is described in chapter 6.4 Validation of non-formal and informal learning.

 

Mobility of youth workers

 

Government-funded mobility of youth workers mostly relates to community development of Hungarian minority communities in countries of the Carpathian Basin (see the role of the Bethlen Gábor Fund in sub-chapter 10.3 Support to youth work).

Besides this and the networking options described in sub-chapter 10.3 Support to youth work, the youth chapter of Erasmus+ offers the most opportunities for youth workers to take part in international study visits and seminars. The national phase of the E+ project of Europe Goes Local involved study visits also on the national level.