Report on framework conditions for training offers in digital youth work

The Erasmus+ project "Digital Skills for You(th)" of the Stiftung Digitale Chancen has published its report on the framework conditions for training offers in digital youth work.

An important result of the survey: the professionals confirm that they need digital skills in their daily work with the young people, but consider the existing training offers to be insufficient.


The project aims at developing and piloting a suitable training offer for professionals who work with disadvantaged young people. The offer focuses on a strength-oriented approach for their young target group concerning digital opportunities and challenges regarding their personal and professional development and active participation in society.

In order to develop a suitable learning concept and content for these professionals, the project partners from Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic conducted a transnational survey involving a total of 475 educational professionals and 34 experts from the fields of youth (social) work, media education, science, education and training as well as politics. The aim was to inquire about the current status of young people's digital media usage behaviour in connection with the demands on professionals in the field of digital media literacy.

The survey confirms that certain factors have to be considered with regards to the design of the learning concept and the preparation of the learning content related to digital youth work:

  • In order to take into account the topic of digitisation, but not to lose sight of the usual way of working of those professionals, a hybrid/blended learning arrangement by interlinking online and offline elements seems to be the right approach.
  • In order to illustrate the diverse job profiles of youth work in the learning concept, it is necessary to show the connection to the daily work with their young clientele and to make the contents practical.
  • The professionals should have the opportunity to choose the elements and contents that are interesting and relevant for their field of work from modular offers.
  • Different levels of difficulties should be offered to avoid over- and under-challenging situations.
  • The weekly training effort should not exceed two hours.
  • A learning psychological approach of knowledge transfer is necessary, which means that the learning content areas which seem to be more familiar to the professionals should build the basis for working on the more complex learning content areas.
  • To address the fundamental understanding of the link between digital media and young people it is necessary to talk about the concept of media educational competence.

The detailed report on the framework conditions of a training offer for digital youth work and its learning contents and methods is available in English and contains, among other things, the national evaluations of the survey. It can be downloaded from https://www.digitale-chancen.de/transfer/downloads/MD1540.pdf

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