From 13th to the 19th of March 2017, a training course named ”Quality label for youth work providers” has been held in Mavrovo, Macedonia, as part of the project ”Youth Work Recognition with Self-Assessment and Accreditation”. The project started in October 2015 and included a couple of training activities and study visits in the United Kingdom and Lithuania, and now the partners gathered in Macedonia to discuss and prepare 15 participants from the partner countries to explore the assessment of youth workers.

The training lasted for five days and included activities that mapped the local realities of the 3 countries, explored the existing framework for assessment of youth workers and focused on developing multiplier events that will follow in the nearest future. The group also worked on providing suggestions on how the project website can be improved and with what kind of content it should be updated.

The participants mentioned being satisfied with the methodology of the training course and are excited about working in their local communities on organizing the multipliers events. Sharing experience between the partners was a valuable exercise since some of them did not know that youth work can be of many types and may or may not have a legal framework in different countries.

The training course was a fluid continuation of the previous activities in the project, in which the partner organisations focused on developing tools for self-assessment for youth workers and explored several study cases of successful youth work being done on the ground. The following multipliers events will have the aim to share with a larger public the outcomes from the activities of the project.