The Skills Summary project provides a framework to better recognise the value and learning young people gain by participating in youth work and volunteering opportunities so that they can better communicate the acquisition of these essential skills to future employers. The primary audiences for this project are young people who are involved in the youth/non-formal education sector in Ireland. Supported by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in 2021, the project aims to perpetuate and sustain the usage of Skills Summary among new and existing cohorts of young people aged 16-25 and youth organisations who support these young people. A key element of the Project in 2021 will be to introduce Skills Summary to employers. This is a partnership project between the National Youth Council of Ireland, Accenture and SpunOut.ie.
The National Youth Council of Ireland is the representative body for national voluntary youth work organisations in Ireland. It represents and supports the interests of 50 national voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. It seeks to ensure that all young people are empowered to develop the skills and confidence to fully participate as active citizens in an inclusive society.
The successful candidate will work full-time to deliver the third phase of this exciting project, working closely with SpunOut.ie and Accenture. They will work in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders including young people, youth organisations, youth employability projects, organisations supporting the unemployed, employers and other organisations. The role is multifaceted, and the successful candidate will be required to have a range of skills to deliver this project.
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 young people 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. This project provides 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 projects, through the Youth Employability Initiative funded by the DCEDIY. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering this project, to youth workers across the country, developing resources, supporting the users of the web application and coordinating all related activities and events.