The recognition of learning outcomes, namely knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning, can play an important role in enhancing employability and mobility.
In order to take steps in this direction, the National Youth Council Ireland was provided with funding to support the implementation of the Skills Summary project which provides a framework to better recognise the value and learning that young people gain by participating in youth work and volunteering.
Skills Summary is both a process and a product. As a process, it aims to support the learning of young people, with a particular focus on those young people who find academic learning challenging, and to help them map this learning to a set of soft skill competences. As a product, Skills Summary will support young people to articulate the crucial competencies they have acquired both for themselves and for potential future employers.
It is proposed that Skills Summary will gain national recognition by young people, youth organisations, volunteer involving organisations, employers and employer bodies.