Youth and community work are an important part of our future and developing the skills to help young people to achieve their full potential is crucial. If you think that you would like to become involved in this rewarding area of work, then one of our courses would help you take your first steps.
What is Youth Work?
Youth work works with young people aged 11 – 25 years old and supports them through this stage of life. It may help them learn about themselves, others and society. This may be through educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. Youth workers seek to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole.
Youth Work National Occupational Standards 2019 (See link 3 below)
How do I become a Youth Worker in Wales?
There is a route to qualifying as a youth worker in Wales. This begins with the Award in Youth Work Principles Level 2. This is the introductory qualification and it must be completed before the Certificate in Youth Work Practice Level 2 or Level 3.
|Qualification||Level||Minimum Age||EWC Registration||JNC Recognition|
|1||Award in Youth Work Principles||2||16 years||No||No|
|2||Certificate in Youth Work Practice||2||16 years||Yes: Assistant Youth Support Worker||Yes: Assistant Youth Support Worker|
|3||Certificate in Youth Work Practice||3||18 years||Yes: Youth Support Worker||Yes: Youth Support Worker|
|4||Diploma in Youth Work Practice||3||18 years||Yes: Youth Support Worker||Yes: Youth Support Worker|
|5||BA(Hons) Degree Youth and Community Work||6||18 years||Yes: Professionally Qualified Youth Support Worker||Yes: Professionally Qualified Youth Support Worker|
|6||Post-Graduate Diploma / MA Youth and Community Work||7||18 years||Yes: Professionally Qualified Youth Support Worker||Yes: Professionally Qualified Youth Support Worker|
(See link 1 below)
How can Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales help me?
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales offers training and qualifications to support the development of your youth work skills, knowledge and values. If you are new to working with young people, or are looking to develop in your youth work practice, we can help you to gain the qualifications to support you on your professional development.
We offer Youth Support Worker Qualifications and Accredited Youth Work Training. These are through the Awarding Body Agored Cymru, one of the Awarding Bodies endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales. The Youth Support Worker Qualifications are endorsed by Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) England and Wales
On gaining the Certificate in Youth Work Practice Level 2 or 3 qualification you will be able to register with Education Workforce Council Wales as an Assistant Youth Support Worker (qualified at Level 2) or Youth Support Worker (qualified at Level 3). As a registrant with Education Workforce Council you will be able to apply for employment as assistant/support youth worker in Wales. (See link 2 below)
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales Youth Work Course Offer:
- Award in Youth Work Principles Level 2, 11 credits
- Certificate in Youth Work Practice Level 2, 27 credits (requires Award to be completed prior to this course)
- Certificate in Youth Work Practice Level 3, 28 credits (requires Award to be completed prior to this course)
- Diploma in Youth Work Practice Level 3, 35 credits
- Individual Short Courses in Continuous Professional Development
- Supporting Young People with Mental Health Issues
- Supporting Young People who are LGBTQ
Please see below our online application link for the Youth Work accredited courses and qualifications we offer.
Youth Work Course Application Form 22-23
For your information these links maybe helpful to understand the qualification requirements for the Youth Work in Wales.