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Youth Support Work
Youth work helps young people to learn about themselves, others and society through informal activities that involve enjoyment, challenge, and learning. Youth work offers safe spaces for young people to explore their identity, increase confidence, and build skills for their future.
Although many professionals work with young people, only in youth work is it the choice of the young person to engage with the professional. For many young people their youth worker is a lifeline, the only person they can talk to, and their youth organisation is the only place they can really be themselves.
Youth workers offer consistent and impactful support that stays with
young people throughout their lives. They often become role models
who empower, inspire, and teach young people to make informed
decisions and take responsibility.
Alongside traditional centre-based youth work, today’s youth workers
are as likely to find themselves outdoors running adventure activities
or in communities, or based in a hospital, school or even a prison.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications
Our courses are fully accredited, meaning they meet recognised
national standards and quality benchmarks (think of having
accredited training as ‘a stamp of approval’).
Organisations often prioritise individuals with recognised
qualifications which can expand your career prospects.
Develop Your Knowledge and Skills
Our courses aim to develop your theoretical knowledge of various topics
and help you apply this practically and ethically when working with young
people. Our workshops provide an ideal space for sharing experiences, opinions,
and best practices.
Enhance Your Professional Development
Professional development goes beyond ticking boxes or following a set of objectives. Every youth worker brings unique skills, talents, and perspectives to their role. Our Youth Work courses allow you to undertake professional development that aligns with your interests and goals.
Youth work can offer an interesting diverse career path by moving between different specialisms or concentrating on a specific area. Whatever path you choose, you need to be flexible and quick thinking, because no day in youth work is ever the same.
Progression in Youth Support Work
There are several routes into youth work, and a number of qualifications available at different levels. We offer courses from Level 2 to Level 4, supporting learners at all stages in their career.
Roles to Consider
Youth Support Worker
Youth support workers collaborate with various stakeholders to
plan and deliver youth programmes and activities. ‘Targeted’ Youth Support Workers will focus on young people facing specific challenges such as homelessness, substance abuse or mental health concerns.
Detached Youth Worker
Detached youth work takes place in areas young people feel most comfortable such as on the street, in parks and around their neighbourhood. By going out to places where young people spend time, detached youth work can build an understanding of the issues that young people experience and help to create safer places in the areas where young people hang out.
Outreach Youth Worker
Outreach youth work aims to engage with young people in the local community. Youth workers talk with young people to identify gaps in services or what they want to be offered in youth centres so that activities and projects can be designed to meet their interests or needs.
Youth Justice Worker
Youth justice services work with young people to address factors that lead to offending behaviour and help them integrate into their communities.
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