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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.5 Youth workers

Last update: 28 November 2023
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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 status of youth workers is ambiguous in the legislation, but it is reasonable to assume that the term applies to any individual organizing and delivering youth work projects. However, the legislation states that workers must be legal of age and possess the necessary training, education, knowledge, or experience for the job.

Education, training, and skills recognition

Education and training are available for those who want to pursue a career as a youth worker. The most direct path is offered by the School of education at the University of Iceland where students can enroll in leisure studies on undergraduate and graduate levels.

Training is also available for those who seek to advance their knowledge in the field of youth work. For example, organizations involved in youth activities can apply for a traineeship overseas for their staff under the Erasmus + scheme.

Mobility of youth workers

No documents were found suggesting that a national program or initiatives exist to enhance the mobility of youth workers.