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.

Tell us the story of your Skills Summary journey!

We are curious to know why and how you have been using Skills Summary, and how it makes a difference for you.

You can capture your experience, with any theme or topic, and in any format – it could be a video, photography, an essay, poetry, a painting, an audio clip, collage, or any other format you feel comfortable with.

Tell us what your Skills Summary journey has looked like and you could win €100!

Skills SummaryThere 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.

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.

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

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.

Expression of Interest

Complete our expression of interest form if you would like to use Skills Summary with your youth group and for further information and support.

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


Katrin Wolschke

Skills Summary Project Co-ordinator
National Youth Council of Ireland

3 Montague Street, Dublin 2, D02 V327

T: 01-425 5940

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