Over the last few months two rounds of consultation has been taking place regarding the Youth Work sectors qualification needs at level 2 and level 3 for the review of the (JNC) Youth Work in Practice qualifications.
At the end of 2013, early 2014 we asked the sector to provide overall feedback about the current qualifications and improvements that could be made. Based on this feedback NYA, working with NCVYS, Welsh Local Government and Agored Cymru, have been working with the awarding organisations that wish to provide the JNC qualifications after the end of 2014. We reviewed the qualifications based on your feedback and created the new suite of modules to support level 2 and level 3 Youth Workers which we sent out to the sector for comment in July 2014 (they also appeared here on our website).
Some of the key areas identified from the feedback were:
- The need to diversify the range of option units available to the sector and include new units that reflected the work undertaken by practitioners operating at Level 2/3 both in statutory and voluntary provision.
- A request to reduce the amount of duplication from level 2 to level 3 for those practitioners wishing to complete level 2 then level 3.
- Include management units to support youth workers managing volunteers.
- Provide option modules around sexual health and substance misuse.
- Review the exchange units and include units around residential, trips and events.
- Provide consistency across Awarding Organisations expectations of JNC qualifications at Level 2 and 3.
- Update the safeguarding units in the qualification.
- Include a unit around anti-discriminatory practice at level 2 and 3.
- Review the participation units and where possible ensure young peoples participation and engagement is considered in all units within the qualification.
- Ensure all units are youth work specific rather than adapted from children and young peoples units.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback around our initial drafts, we have now adapted the units so that everyone now completes Level 2 Award even if completing the Level 3 certificate/ diploma. The Award covers the core principles of youth work and youth work practice and safeguarding. Completion of the Award means that the learner will not have to repeat units if progressing to level 3 therefore reducing duplication of learning.
On completion of the Award the youth work student will choose either level 2 or level 3 mandatory units which build on the knowledge and experience needed to practice at either level 2 or 3 and include working with challenging behaviour and group work practice. In addition learners will choose a number of option units (the number is dependent on the level of study) to complete the certificate or diploma programmes.
The option units have been adjusted to reflect the requirements above and now includes units for example on substance misuse, sexual health, working with gangs, management of volunteers, fundraising. A full list of units will be disseminated in mid September for comment.
Currently the Awarding Organisations are reviewing the re-written units and standardising for Ofqual. Once this process is complete there will be a short window of consultation on the final qualification before being sent to Ofqual for approval.
The intention is to offer an opportunity for the sector to feedback at the end of October before being sent to Ofqual at the end of November. Full information about the units and qualification will be uploaded to the NYA website once ready for consultation.