The competence framework for youth work


LEVEL5 is about competence development. Thus, one of our first steps in applying this methodology is to think about the competences you as a youth worker and the young people you work with want or should develop.

The project team has set up a competence framework consisting of ten competences that can be of interest in youth work.
Each competence is described by means of a reference system. The reference systems are used for the three-dimensional description of a competence and are the central tool of LEVEL5 to record the individual competence developments.

At a first glance it seems very complex – this unit will help you to reduce this complexity.



  • to select the most suitable competences for your youth work context
  • to understand how a LEVEL5 reference system is built and how to use it.


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