The Youth Work Foundation has made grants of £27k to help support youth workers to study for professional qualifications, it announced today.An independent charity administered by the National Youth Agency, it has awarded 35 bursaries of £200 and 10 scholarships of £2,000 to help those who want to study for JNC recognised youth work qualifications but where finance is a barrier.
Michael Bracey, chair of the Youth Work Foundation, said, “Now is not an easy time to embark on a course of study. The financial cost and job insecurity means many are choosing not to follow this path.
“That’s why we set up the Youth Work Foundation so I am very pleased to announce, during Youth Work Week, our first grants – £27,000 of them – to assist youth workers. We need to do all we can to encourage youth workers to get qualified – young people will benefit in the long run.”
An example of a scholarship award:
• A young mum studying for a degree in youth and community work who wants to deepen her knowledge and understanding of sexual health support for young people. She is using her scholarship award to purchase books, resources and pay for childcare to enable her to work longer hours at her placement charity and make sexual health support more available to young people in the area.
An example of a bursary award:
• An experienced youth worker, previously made redundant and now in his final year at university, who is working part time to support his studies. He will use his bursary to cover travel costs to his university and to his placement.
The next round of awards will be open soon. Visit the Youth Work Foundation for more information.