Skills Summary

Skills Summary is an easy to use online tool that measures the skills young people gain by participating in youth work and volunteering opportunities, building their confidence, so that they can better communicate the value of these essential skills to future employers

What is Skills Summary?

Skills Summary was launched in March 2019. It will provide a measurement framework for young people, youth workers and educators in the Republic of Ireland including the member organisations of the National Youth Council of Ireland and a significant number of new youth workers and sites, through the Youth Employability Initiative.

Skills Summary is a partnership project between the National Youth Council of Ireland,, and Accenture. It is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and recognised as a measurement tool in the Youth Employability Initiative.

Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth

The role of Skills Summary

There is an increasing focus on the need to identify competencies for life that values people’s full range of skills, whether acquired through formal or non-formal learning. Real competencies are understood broadly as encompassing all competencies acquired through formal education, non-formal education and informal learning.

It is critically important that a young person can identify and articulate these skills both for themselves and potential employers so that when moving to a new job or to further learning, learners and workers should see their skills quickly and have them easily recognised.

This is essential to raise skill levels and increase employability.

Skills Summary is both a process and a product. As a process it aims to support young people’s learning, with a particular focus on those who may find traditional academic learning challenging, by helping them to map the learning acquired through their participation in youth work and other non-formal settings to a set of competences. As a product, Skills Summary will support young people to articulate the competencies they have acquired both for themselves and potential employers.

Visit our Skills Summary Resources page for helpful resources and inspiration about how to include Skills Summary in your youth work practice.

Skills Summary News

Skills Summary: Invitation to Tender for UX Designer

Invitation to Tender for UX Designer to Facilitate Registrations and Enhance User Experience is a website that provides resources and support for young people, youth […]

Skills Summary support for young people: How to ask for a reference/endorsement

We have an exciting new resource available to young people on Skills Summary’s Career ABC: References and Endorsements

Happy World Youth Skills Day from NYCI

In celebration of World Youth Skills Day, our Skills Summary resource may be of interest to you.

Upcoming training & info sessions

Youth Skills Fest – Making Our Skills Count, Shaping Inclusive Societies

About the Event: Join us for a transformative event where talent meets opportunity!  Are you an employer or HR professional eager to tap into a diverse […]

On demand training

Skills Summary in Youth Work – Training

This online or in person training is for all who would like to explore the potential of the digital Skills Summary tool for your youth work practice – face to face & online.

Register Interest - Skills Summary

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Contacting our team

Mateja Jaksic

Skills Summary Project Co-ordinator
National Youth Council of Ireland

3 Montague Street, Dublin 2, D02 V327

T: 01-425 5940