Welcome on the website of Dick Smit
Consultant and trainer (international) youth work



I am a consultant and trainer on Youth Work and youth policy, based in The Netherlands but also working for projects and organisations in Europe.

I have been practicing different forms of youth work for more than twenty years and I use these experiences in my work as project developer, coach and trainer which I practice the last twenty years.

I am  specialized in (the development of) methodology, detached youth work, the coaching of individual professionals and teams and the development of training courses on the different aspects of youth work.

Competence based youth work
The last two years I have been focusing on the competences of youth workers. As a co-author I contributed to the new Dutch competence profile for youth workers and developed a competence matrix which can be used as a (self) assessment tool. Together with Bianca Boender I have worked out the matrix and developed an assessment program as well as a training course on competence-based youth work.
Both the competence profile as the competence matrix are developed around the  three main characteristics of a youth worker: Streetwise, Booksmart en System Sensitive (see the short recap on the left).

On the European level I am familiar with the Salto Competence Model for Youth Workers to Work Internationally and a member of the European Training Strategy Advisory Board

If you think that I am the right person to deliver a meaningful contribution to your project as an expert, trainer or co-developer of competence models and methods, do not hesitate to contact me.

Or visit my Dutch website 


 Graphic bij Agnė Rapalaitė