The Quality Bonus Conference focuses on education and training of youth workers at national level. It identifies how to strengthen spaces for synergies, cooperation, and joint reflection on youth work at the European level using the EU Youth programmes.

The Conference will take place on 01-03 March 2022 in Berlin, Germany and might be for you if

• You are involved in youth worker education and training,
• You are interested in contributing to the further development of quality youth work,
• You are interested in education and training strategies and in discussing them in a European – international environment,
• You might have a good example of practice to share connected to the education and training of youth workers,
• You are curious about the new European Training Strategy (ETS)[1] and willing to explore how to support its implementation.

THE INTENTIONS

• To identify what are accompanying mechanisms for youth workers to implement youth work that is future fit.
• To create space for sharing how learning has evolved in youth work during the last three years (since the first ETS Conference), with a particular focus on education and training.
• To reflect on the competences needed and their meaning for the community of practice.
• To reflect on the interconnections within broader youth worker education and training systems and our role in it?
• To reflect on how the new European Training Strategy can be utilised by those implementing education and training of youth workers.

THE THEME TRACKS

The Conference will be articulated around three themes tracks:

Education and training for ‘future-fit’ youth workers

• What are the needed competences, and what do they mean for youth work? With that in mind, how do we, as stakeholders, invest in the education and training of youth workers?
• Which areas do or did we discuss specifically in recent years (since the first ETS Conference)?
• Which activities do we plan to develop youth work? What new forms of youth worker support are emerging?

Competence-based development approach in education and training

• Getting inspired about the processes of youth workers competence development (e.g. future-oriented). Good practices and challenges/opportunities.
• From European to the national level (cases of implementing ETS on the national level)
• What is ETS offering to develop international youth work and youth worker training? How can education and training of youth workers systems benefit from ETS, and what they can contribute back to ETS?

How can E+ be used to develop e&t of yw processes nationally?

• Where is the added value/ what kind of training for youth workers is needed on a European/ international level? (what can not be achieved locally)
[Note] The new version of the ETS is not yet published at the time of this call. It will be ready end of January.

WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR?

The Conference will bring together approx. 120 participants from different youth work contexts such as practice, research, and policy-making. Therefore, the profile of participants includes National Agencies of Erasmus+ (youth and education and training) and the European Solidarity Corps, universities and vocational schools, policy-makers, experts, practitioners, trainers, and researchers. The Erasmus+: Youth and the European Solidarity Corps programme countries will have the opportunities to form delegations of max. 3-4 people.

METHODOLOGY

The Conference will be an interactive and dynamic space, which will include, among other elements, virtual support not only to get prepared but also during the event to exchange and communicate within the group and with the ‘outside world’. A parallel, though lighter, an online programme will therefore be developed to support those who cannot participate on the spot in Berlin.

INFORMATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The activity is planned to be residentially hosted. In case the COVID-19 Pandemic prevails and prevents travelling, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the residential activity and move it online.

The organisers will ensure that safety and hygienic measures needed in relation to COVID-19 are in place during the event.

All participants will be accommodated in single rooms. On the pot, we might need to require using face masks and safety distance or to apply the safety guidelines valid at the time of the event. Participants will be informed before the event about these measures.

More detailed information about the travel guidelines will be provided to the selected participants closer to the event.

Dates: 1-3 March 2022

Country: Germany

Application Deadline: 17 January 2022

More information, as well as the online application form can be found at: http://trainings.salto-youth.net/9859