RECOGNITION AND YOUTHPASS
Participants of approved projects of Erasmus+: Youth in Action and of the Youth in Action programmes have the right to receive recognition for their participation and learning in the projects. The Youthpass certificate is the instrument which has been developed for this purpose.
The Youthpass certificates are specific to the various types of non-formal learning projects within Erasmus+: Youth in Action, but the general structure of the certificate is the same. The Youthpass certificate is divided into three sections:
The first page confirms the participation in a given project and lists the main facts about the project. It also provides background information about the general context and value of the activity. It has to be signed by a legal representative of the organisation.
The second section informs about the project in more detail. The organisations in charge are mentioned, the aims, activities, and results of the project described. This part of the certificate has to be signed by the person responsible for the project.
In the third section, participants reflect upon their learning and the outcomes. They are encouraged to describe what they have learnt in the course of the project, adhering to the eight key competences for lifelong learning. If applicable, a dialogue partner is also invited to sign the third section. There is neither a limitation of how much the participants are allowed to write, nor do they have to include every single competence.
The purpose of the Youthpass Certificate is to ensure that skills and qualifications can more easily be recognised and are better understood, within and across national borders, in all sub-systems of education and training as well as in the labour market, no matter whether these were acquired through formal education and training or through other learning experiences (e.g. work experience; volunteering, online learning). The tool also aims to ensure that education, training and youth policies further contribute to achieve the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and its education and employment headline targets through better labour market integration and mobility.
If you have never filled in a Youthpass, the task may seem a bit hard at first. However, there are a lot of resources out there that can guide you. Click on the image below to see what a Youthpass for a Youth Exchange looks like.