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. I am Dutch by origin but since June 2022 based in a small village in the Gard, France.
My working languages are Dutch and English.

I have been practicing different forms of youth work for more than twenty years and I use these experiences in my work as consultant, project developer, coach and trainer which I practice the last twenty years.
Since 2008 I have been participating in several European projects concerning Youth Work, off-line and online among other as trainer for Poywe (professional open youth work Europe) and Eryica (European Youth Information and Counseling Agency).

I am  specialized in competence based youth work, (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.

I am available for deliverig trainings, workshops, key notes and I am available as a moderator.
I am familiar with facilitating online events like webinars, zoomsessions and online trainings.

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.

You can also visit my Dutch website 



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