Up to five hundred bursaries for training places on youth work courses are on offer through the National Youth Agency (NYA) and its regional partners. The bursary scheme opens up exciting opportunities in the youth work profession, as well as the chance to specialise in different areas of youth work, or progress into a leadership role. 

Youth work is a rewarding career choice, providing the satisfaction of enabling young people to build their skills and confidence and discover their talents working with young people in a range of settings, including schools, healthcare and secure environments.  

There are many different routes into the youth work profession. Thanks to a fifth year of funding from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the NYA and its regional partners are offering bursaries to help build the skills and capacity of the sector. Whether you are a school leaver, volunteer or are looking for a career change, these bursaries could help you to progress within this vital, vibrant sector.

The qualifications on offer through this round of bursaries

Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles (Fully self-led learning) ↓

This qualification is suited to someone confident in directing their own learning and wants a starting point in their learning journey in Youth Work or someone who might find it difficult to commit to a set timetable of delivery.

The Youth Work Principles, Level 2 Award programme is an introductory accredited youth work qualification that builds confidence and skills in all those working with young people. This qualification is a way to ensure all those working with young people have the basics to ensure safe and effective practice. 

This course is delivered fully online 

The Award covers the following units:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding
  • Young People’s Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People

Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles ↓

The Level 2 Award prepares those who work with young people in a youth work setting on their own personal learning journey, gaining knowledge, and understanding of the key principles of youth work. No prior qualifications are required to undertake the course.  This qualification assists in building confidence and skills, to work holistically whilst facilitating the personal and social development of young people and to do this.

The Award covers the following units:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding
  • Young People’s Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People

The Level 2 Award is a stand-alone qualification but also provides the progression route onto the level 3 qualifications, if you wish to continue your future learning journey into the fantastic world of youth work.

Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice ↓

Building on your knowledge of experience and understanding, working with young people. This qualification supports the learning journey to become a competent Youth Support Worker. 

The Certificate will cover a selection of the units below:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding
  • Young People’s Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Youth Work
  • Reflective Practice
  • Work-Based Practice
  • Group Work Within a Youth Work Setting
  • Working with Behaviour that Challenges in Youth Work Settings

This course will provide a good foundation and working within the requirements for occupational competence within the JNC framework.

Learners who achieve this qualification may wish to complete additional units to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice.

Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice ↓

Embracing the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work, this course will support the skills required to become a competent Youth Support Worker, gaining further knowledge especially the values, core principles and current policies that underpin youth work. 

On your learning journey you will be certificated for the units and qualification you achieve; these will also provide the basis to continue your learning and by undertaking these additional units and demonstrating practice for 60 hours you can achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice.

The Level 3 Certificate will cover a selection of the units below:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding
  • Young People’s Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Youth Work
  • Reflective Practice
  • Work-Based Practice
  • Group Work within a Youth Work Setting
  • Working with Behaviours that challenges in Youth Work Settings

Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice ↓

This Diploma provides the fundamentals of youth work by embracing the National Occupational Standards. As youth workers we talk about transformational and holistic learning to support young people as they develop, achieving this qualification enables you to further develop your own skills. You can progress to Further Education or Higher Education programmes such as a youth and community degree as the course provides a mix of academic and practical skills including 80 hours demonstrating your practice, preparing you for the exciting range of jobs across different sectors.

The Level 3 Diploma will cover a selection of the units below:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding
  • Young People’s Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Youth Work
  • Reflective Practice
  • Work-Based Practice
  • Group Work within a Youth Work Setting
  • Working with Behaviour that Challenges in Youth Work Settings
  • Understanding how Youth Work can Support Young People who Misuse Substances
  • Young People’s Participation in Youth Work
  • Effective Outcomes-Based Youth Work
  • Understanding how Youth Work can Support Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Level 4 Certificate in Professional Development (Youth Work-Leadership and Management) ↓

This course is for someone who already holds a JNC qualification in Youth Work or related discipline and would like to continue their professional development.

The Level 4 Certificate embraces the National Occupational Standards for youth work.  It supports the skills and knowledge learners need to become a competent Youth Support Worker. This course is designed for those engaged directly in Youth Work or through multi-agency work, such as social workers, police officers, emergency services, teachers and those who work within the youth service who want to improve their practice and strengthen their Leadership and Management skills. 

The course is comprises of the following units  

  • Introduction to Professional Development (Youth Work) 
  • Leadership and Management in Youth Work 
  • Youth Work and Local Strategy, Local Youth Partnerships and Related Structures 

In order to undertake the course learners need to hold a formal level 3 qualification, either in Youth Work or similar alongside 12 months’ experience of working with young people in a voluntary or paid role. Learners should be over the age of 19 at the time of commencing the qualification

Level 4 Certificate in Professional Development (Youth Work) ↓  

This course is for someone who already holds a JNC qualification in Youth Work or related discipline and would like to continue their professional development.

The Level 4 qualification embraces the National Occupational Standards for youth work.  It supports the skills and knowledge learners need to become a competent Youth Support Worker. This course is designed for those engaged directly in Youth Work or through multi-agency work, such as social workers, police officers, emergency services, teachers and those who work within the youth service who want to improve their practice and deepen their understanding in a particular field of practice or professional setting. 

The Certificate is comprised of the following two mandatory units  

  • Introduction to Professional Development (Youth Work) 
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Youth Work 

And then one of the following 

  • Youth Work in Formal Education
  • Youth Work and LGBTQ+
  • Youth Work Approaches to Violence, Gangs and Exploitation

In order to undertake the course learners need to hold a formal level 3 qualification, either in Youth Work or similar alongside 12 months’ experience of working with young people in a voluntary or paid role. Learners should be over the age of 19 at the time of commencing the qualification.

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