How to use the European Youth Workers Portfolio for self assessment of competencesOn March 7, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Welcome to YOCOMO. An ETS online course on a competence based development for youth workers. Welcome! I am Nerijus, one of the creators of the online course on competence-based development for youth workers. I would like to introduce to you the Council of Europe Youth Work portfolio, which is an online tool to self-assess youth work competences and plan professional development. This tool helps to analyse where you stand with your youth work competences, to gather evidence on quality of your work, and identify areas where you want to improve. It also should help you to explain better your work and showcase competences to others. To start using Portfolio, you will be requested to register to Council of Europe system and create an account for Portfolio. Once you will log in, you will access your portfolio area. It is divided into two sections: one is self assessment. And the other one is learning and development plan. You can download both in printed versions, if you prefer first doing it offline and then adding to online system, as you wish. I would recommend to start from self-assessment. The portfolio is structured along the functions of youth worker and linked to competencies required to perform these functions in the daily work with young people. It may look lengthy, but worth going through all the areas of functions and self-assessing your competences. You can do an area at any time. So you may start with one, have some time, reflect, do self-assessment and then continue the next one another time. So you’re free to choose from where to start and how much you want to do at once. The each area will have several competencies listed. Inside, once you get, you first asked about to what extent this competence is relevant to your specific youth work context. And then explain a little bit to yourself why you chose the certain level of relevance. And then continue to self-assessment of that specific competence. The scales are pretty straightforward: it’s from one to five. You choose, thinking about your daily work practice best is to relate to what you do as behavior in that specific area of competence. You may add description of specific examples how you perform in that competence area. And also indicate where do you want to learn something to improve that competence. The portfolio is working in such a way that you will be encouraged to add text reflections, because first of all this tool is meant to help you to become more aware of your competences and therefore it is requiring you to add a little bit of reflection to see the progress in self-assessment. So once added, you will see that the marking shows that particular competence was visited and self-assessed. And the progress bar will indicate how many of competences in a specific function area you completed and How many are left? You can also add your function which is specific to your context or job. It’s following the same structure as already pre-loaded competencies and functions, so that you could do self-assessment on the areas which maybe are not included in portfolio currently. Once you are done with a number of areas, you can come to dashboard and then continue to learning and development plan. The plan is structured following the same logic as self-assessment. It has functions and then list of competences. If you already indicated something you want to learn it will instantly show up on a plan. And you can make it more specific by adding concrete actions you want to take to achieve a bit of improvement or learning in that selected area of competence. You also may decide due date and add anything else relevant to this plan. So it could be a reference link to some material or maybe a video or maybe a course, which you wanted then to improve specific competence. Once done, click next and then you will be moved forward to another competence. You can also skip and go to the specific area of function. And specific competence you want to add your learning plan. Once done with your learning plan, you can return to a dashboard and generate an instant snapshot of that moment. I previously generated one for self-assessment. So it shows date and status of my self-assessment of competences I made. That time I didn’t have plans to learn. So that’s why it’s showing empty. But second time I was doing it, I already included also learning and development plan. So it becomes accessible for you to revisit anytime you want. And you can generate as many versions as you deem necessary. This is a Council of Europe Youth Work Portfolio.Thank you. We hope this video contributed to you learning about the competence based development for youth workers.