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The Context for Youth Work Workforce Development

The Interim Youth Work Board report ‘Time to Deliver’ (recommendation 13) states: “Welsh Government needs to build on its commitment to support and develop the Youth Work profession.”
Interim Youth Work Board: final report | GOV.WALES

Welsh Government has pledged to support the growth and development of Youth Support Worker qualifications within the profession by training and qualifying professionally qualified Youth Workers as assessors and IQAs.

Qualified Youth Worker Professional Development to become Qualified Internal Quality Assurance, Level 4
Welsh Government is funding 20 places for professionally qualified Youth Workers to train as Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers (IQAs) in Wales by undertaking the: Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice, Level 4 (including Certificate in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement, Level 3.) This is a 2 year part-time programme, which will qualify you to understand and carry out assessment and internal quality assurance for Youth Support Worker qualifications and related accredited training.

What is Internal Quality Assurance?
Internal Quality Assurance in training and education is the process that ensures that the training, assessment and award of credit for learning is fair and meets the qualification requirements and standards.

What is a qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA)?
A qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) is qualified to plan, carry out, monitor the quality assurance of accredited training and qualifications. They will make sure that the tutors, teaching materials, taught sessions, assessments and award of credit meet the correct standards for the qualification to be achieved.

What is a qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) in Youth Work?
A qualified Internal Quality Assurer in Youth Work is able to quality assure the Youth Support Worker qualifications of Youth Workers in Wales as well as other related accredited training and qualifications.

Why train to become a qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) in Youth Work?
You will be able to quality assure the delivery of Youth Support Worker qualifications for your Youth Work provision. This will mean you will be able to:
• Carry out IQA of learner evidence, that has been assessed by a qualified tutor assessor, and claim award of credit with the Awarding Body.
• Potentially plan for your organisation to become a registered centre with Agored Cymru and deliver the Youth Support Worker qualifications to your staff and volunteers.

Can anyone else IQA Youth Support Worker Qualifications in Wales?
No. Only Qualified IQAs, fully qualified in Youth Work, with Youth Work experience, are able to quality assure Youth Support Worker qualifications in Wales.
The Youth Work Assessment Strategy for Qualification in Wales and England stipulates that anyone carrying out the role of an IQA must be suitably qualified at Level 4, as well as being a qualified and experienced Youth Worker.
https://etswales.org.uk/resource/Level-2-and-3-Assessment-Strategy-final-version-Mar2020.pdf

How do I become a qualified Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) for Youth Work Qualifications?
Firstly, you will need to be a qualified and experienced Professional Youth Worker holding a Youth Work Qualification at Level 5 pre-2010/ Level 6 post-2010 / Level 7 PGDip. For further information visit: www.etswales.org.uk/youth-work-training 

You will then need to undertake a suite of units to become a qualified IQA. These are listed below.

 

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
(QW C00/0396/9) (15 Credits)

1

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment, (3 Credits)

2

Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding, (6 Credits)

3

Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (6 Credits)

 

Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
(QWC00/0396/5) (12 Credits)

4

Understanding the Principles and Practice of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment
(6 Credits)

5

Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment (6 Credits)


www.agored.cymru/Qualification-Guide/13 

How can I qualify as Qualified Internal Quality Assurer in Youth Work?
Welsh Government are offering 20 funded places to train to be a Qualified Internal Quality Assurer in Youth Work. You can apply for a place on this course.

How can my Youth Work organisation help me to qualify as Qualified Internal Quality Assurer in Youth Work?
Your Youth Work organisation would be expected to support you through the qualification by:
• Releasing you to attend the taught sessions and tutorials.
• Allowing you reasonable time to carry out the coursework and assessment methods, and for you to carry out assessments of your two learners, and all Internal Quality Assurance activity.

Course Details
Start Date: February 2024
End Date: December 2024
Delivery: the taught sessions and tutorials will be delivered online by Agored Cymru.
Assessment: this will be via portfolio and observed assessment. Observations will be carried out face to face where possible.
Preferred language: The course will be delivered by Agored Cymru training team. It will be delivered by bilingual Welsh / English tutor and you can choose for your work to be assessed in Welsh or English.

Course Content:
Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice, Level 4 (12 credits) February 2024 – December 2024
Taught sessions: 4 x 1 day, 1 x half day, Tutorials: Mondays 10am – 1pm
1. 19.02.24
2. 26.02.24
3. 04.03.24
4. 11.03.24
Produce evidence portfolio and be able to work with at least 2 assessors who are each assessing a minimum of 2 learners working towards the achievement of a vocational qualification.

Entry requirements for this funded training:
Learners must be 18 years of age or over to undertake the qualifications.
Qualified with Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Level 3, or equivalent.
Further requirements for this funded training for Youth Workers in Wales:
Professionally qualified (or working towards) and practicing Youth Worker (Level 5 pre-2010/ Level 6 post-2010/Level 7 PGDip)
An interest in helping to grow and develop the Youth Work workforce in Wales


What next?
1. Complete an Application Form for this course by midday 05.02.24

YWIQA Course Application


 

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