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The profession youth worker is still not recognized in the Macedonian national classification of occupations, but, with the introduction of the occupation - youth worker, this is introduced as an occupation. It is expected to enter the national qualifications framework once youth work becomes part of the higher education program.
According to the Union for Youth Workers there are 3 profiles of youth workers in North Macedonia: worker for youth, graduate youth worker and expert on youth work. Worker for youth is a person who has a basic level of knowledge of youth work. Graduate youth worker is a person with good knowledge in youth work and huge experience in practicing youth work, while expert on youth work is a youth worker with the highest knowledge and skills of youth work and long-term experience in practicing it.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in 2018 adopted the Occupational standard document - Workers with Youth (Стандард на занимање Работник со млади). According to this document, the Workers with Youth plans, organizes, implements, monitors and evaluates activities, prepares instruments and research; design programs and projects for youth according to their needs; takes care of the quality of youth work and contributes to the development of effective, efficient and ethical practice; teaches; mentoring young people to support their personal and social development and their active participation in the community; informs young people; lobbies and advocates for changes that facilitate and facilitate the personal and social development of young people and enable their active participation in the community; organizes youth exchanges, festivals, campaigns, events, youth education camps within the youth organization, youth cultural centers, youth clubs, NGOs, etc.
Youth workers are mentioned in the new Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies (Закон за младинско учество и младински политики). According to this law (Article 22), in cooperation between the municipalities and the youth forms of organization, youth centers are established in which youth workers are responsible for working with young people.
As mentioned in the previous chapter, the first certified training for youth workers is currently taking place. A total of 14 young people from all over the country, after intensive 4 months of training will obtain a certificate for youth workers. The training is funded by the Agency for Youth and Sports, and is conducted by trainers from the Union for Youth Work.
In November 2020, the Union for Youth Work published new opportunity for online training for youth workers on topic-intercultural learning. Developed as part of the DEEP - Diversity Educational E-Resource Project, the aim of the course is to support youth workers in using a variety of forms, approaches and tools to engage young people in the Western Balkans in intercultural learning.
The course is available on the online learning platform of SEEYN - South East European Youth Network, and is available in three languages: Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian.
The course was developed by expert teams of the Union for Youth Work and Balkan Idea from Serbia, with financial support from RICO - Regional Youth Cooperation Office and United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF).
The possibilities for youth workers to take part in exchange opportunities, cooperation and networking at local, regional, national and international level are covered mainly by Erasmus + programs and National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility. See more in Chapter 6.5.