The JNC and its role in the youth and community work sector
The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers is the body that sets the national framework used to grade and pay youth work jobs.
The functions of the JNC are to negotiate pay and agree terms and conditions of service. It consists of an Employers’ Side and Staff Side and ensures that all views within the youth and community field are represented.
The JNC has a handbook (pink book) that details pay and terms and conditions.
The second function of the JNC is to approve youth and community workers’ qualifications, primarily these are proffesional level qualifications, that have been professionally validated by the Education Training Standards (ETS) Committee of the National Youth Agency (NYA). The National Youth Agency also endorses youth support worker qualifications, and these are also recognised by the JNC.
By selecting a course recognised by the JNC you ensure that the course is fit for purpose. Many employers, both voluntary and community and statutory ask for JNC recognsed qualifications.
The JNC operates a single spine for all professional youth workers and youth support workers at different points on this spine (according to different role and levels of responsibility). The different qualifications are designed to equip staff with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake a variety of roles within this framework.