Outcome 3: Young people create, describe and apply their learning and skills

Outcome 3 is focused on young people’s learning journey through youth work.

It is concerned with young people creating and accessing learning opportunities, reflecting on their learning and being able to identify the new skills and knowledge they have acquired. The outcome also focuses on how young people use this learning and share it with others.

The indicators can help young people and youth workers to show pathways and progression. The indicators can also be linked to local and national employability outcomes, volunteering outcomes and closing the attainment gap.

There are three component parts to this outcome:

  • Create learning
  • Describe learning and skills
  • Apply learning and skills

Like all of the Youth Work Outcomes, Outcome 3 and its indicators can be can be used to measure changes in an individual or within a group or project.

Download the full list of outcomes and indicators.

How to use the indicators

There are 10 indicators for you to choose from to help you measure this outcome. You do not need to select all of them. You should select the indicators that are most relevant and useful for your planning and self-evaluation, and those that really help you understand if your youth work is making a difference.

When using the outcomes and indicators, you need to translate or apply them to your local youth work context. The following questions can help you do this and you can use our Translating Indicators template to help you with this process.

  • What does Outcome 3 mean within the context of the projects or youth work you have selected? Outcome 3 can be applied to a whole service, a project or programme or an individual youth work session.
  • Which indicators are most relevant and useful to your youth work?
  • What do your selected indicators mean in the context of your youth work?
  • What does success look like?
  • How will you measure the indicators?
  • Who will collect the data?
  • How will you store the data?
  • How will you use the data for reflection and service improvement?



Please select an indicator to find more details and suggested ways of measuring it. You should also consider if there are other indicators that you could develop which would be useful to measure this outcome.



Which part of the outcome does it measure?


Young people plan their own learning outcomes



Young people identify new ideas or ways of working



Young people know how to access learning opportunities and support



Young people access learning opportunities



Young people identify their strengths and weaknesses



Young people identify what new skills or knowledge they have developed



Young people gain accreditation or recognition of their achievement



Young people use their learning and skills in different settings



Young people share their learning and skills with others



Young people support others in their learning



Within each indicator, there are suggestions of how you might measure that particular indicator but this is not an exhaustive list. You can come up with your own way of measuring the indicator and the toolkits in the Other tools to help you section might also be helpful.

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