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2. Voluntary Activities

2.9 Skills recognition

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Policy Framework
  2. Existing arrangements

Policy Framework

The Department Social Support (in Dutch: Dienst Maatschappelijke Ondersteuning) of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has no special policy concerning voluntary work among young people. Volunteers policy is decentralized. Skills recognition for (young) volunteers is one of the activities of NOV, the Dutch umbrella organization for volunteering, they work on commissioned by the ministry.

See also par. 2.2.


Existing arrangements

Youthpass is a European tool that is used in European programmes for the recognition of non-formal learning in the youth field and is developed on the European level. The Dutch government has given approval on the European level to use the tool and the programme connected to it in the Netherlands.

By decision of the European Commission, Youthpass is valid as of 1 January 2007. That is, Youthpass Certificates can be issued to participants in projects funded by the 'Youth in Action' programme (2007-2013) and Erasmus+ Youth programme (2014-2020).

The National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in the Netherlands promotes the use of the tool for all young people that participate in Erasmus+ mobility projects.