European Training Strategy

The European Training Strategy (ETS) of the European Commission outlines findings, objective, and Measures to sustain the quality and recognition of youth work in Europe . It was introduced as part of the European Union ‘s YOUTH program (2000-2006) and is being revised to include new youth programs going into effect. [1] The most recent version adapts to Erasmus + , covering the time period between 2014 and 2020. [2] [3]

Conceptual Framework

The current version of the ETS is closely related to the European Council of the European Union, which describes the “renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field”. [4] Based on several recommendations in the resolution, the ETS determines the concept of capacity building as a key instrument to address the multifaceted aspects of youth work. [5] In the context of the ETS, the capacity building is defined as adhering to the three analytical levels of analysis . [6] [7]

  • Micro-level – Human resource development : Knowledge and skills, skills and attitudes to knowledge, skills and attitudes to knowledge, skills and attitudes .
  • Meso-level – Organizational development : The elaboration of awareness, strategies, processes and procedures within a youth work organization, but also in relationships between the different organizations and sectors (public, private, and community).
  • Macro-level – Systemic framework development : Making regulatory changes or creating systems and structures to enable organizations, institutions, and agencies at all levels.


Incorporating its initial definition of capacity building, the ETS outlines six main objectives for sustaining quality youth work through capacity building. Each objective relates to multiple sets of measures to be implemented under different Key Actions within Erasmus +. Key actions are the general framework for activities and projects that can be funded through the program and cover three main areas: Key Action 1, Key Action 2, Key Action 2, and Exchange of Good Practices reform (Key Action 3). [8]

The ETS pursues the following objectives [9] [10] [11]

  • Encourage cooperation between the different stakeholders throughout Europe.
  • Generate more about capacity building and its impact on youth work.
  • Develop a modular system and a set of skills to train trainers.
  • Develop a modular system and a set of skills to train youth workers.
  • Offer capacity building tools at the European level.
  • Support competence building within the Erasmus + National Agencies for the field of youth and their staff.


  1. Jump up^ Marcovic, Darko (2015). “Borders can be Frontiers: The Quality and Impact of the EU Youth Programs in Europe and Beyond” (PDF) . Youth work and non-formal Learning in Europe’s Education Landscape : 107-129 – via .
  2. Jump up^ “SALTO-YOUTH – European Training Strategy in the Field of Youth” . . Retrieved 2016-10-21 .
  3. Jump up^ Youth in Action: Program Guide . European Commission. 2013. p. 20 – via . The European Training Strategy […] aims to contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organizations in the youth field. It […] includes communication measures, recognition of non-formal learning activities, cooperation of all actors and applied youth and educational research activities. It helps to support the implementation of the EU Agenda 2020, the EU Council Resolution on youth work and the EU Youth Strategy.
  4. Jump up^ “EUR-Lex – 32009G1219 (01) – EN – EUR-Lex” . . Retrieved 2016-10-21 .
  5. Jump up^ Teichmann, Udo (2015). “The European Training Strategy: Capacity Building in Child and Youth Services” (PDF) . Jugendarbeit International Forum 2013-2015 . 2013-2015 – via International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany. With the European Training Strategy, the European Commission is contributing to the field of youth in various fields: individual experts, organizations working in the youth field, and the (continued) development of systems to professionalize experts in the youth field .
  6. Jump up^ European Training Strategy in the Field of Youth . European Commission. 2015. pp. 4-5 – via .
  7. Jump up^ Klein, Katherine; Kozlowski, Steve (2000). “From Micro to Meso: Critical Steps in Conceptualizing and Conducting Multilevel Research” (PDF) . Organizational Research Methods : 211-236 – via SAGE.
  8. Jump up^ “What are the Key Actions? | Erasmus +” . . Retrieved 2016-10-21 .
  9. Jump up^ Youth in Action: Program Guide . European Commission. 2013. p. 20 – via .
  10. Jump up^ European Training Strategy: A set of Competences for Trainers working at the International Level . Jugend fuer Europa. 2013. pp. 2-3 – via .
  11. Jump up^ European Training Strategy in the Field of Youth . European Commission. 2015. pp. 5ff – via .

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