Youth Work Apprenticeship
This qualification is for those who want to work with young people in informal education and leisure settings, either full time, part time, voluntary or paid, in centre based activities, outreach work, detached work, work in residential environments or open access places such as adventure playgrounds.
All those who work with children and young people have to be DBS checked and given enhanced clearance.
This qualification helps you to understand and learn about building open, honest and trusting relationships with individuals and groups, using real communication and the basic principles of group work.
It helps you to look back on your practice and find out what you did well and what you could improve upon for the next time you carry out the task. It also encourages you to put into practice the values of 'Every Child Matters' which is:
• Young people must be kept safe and healthy.
• Young people are encouraged to participate.
• Young people are encouraged to enjoy and achieve activities.
• Young people are to be helped to develop economic well-being.
• Young people are to be encouraged to contribute to their environments.
You study ways in which the main values of Youth Work are applied so that:
• Young people can make their own decisions and take responsibility for them.
• Young people understand and value equality and diversity in others.
• Young people are encouraged to participate and enjoy activities.
• Young people are safeguarded inside and outside of the youth work setting.
And all this is done in a fun/informal environment where we walk with the young people sharing our life experiences with them to help them develop positively into what they want to be and support them in their journey.
The framework for the apprenticeship takes in several qualifications including:
• Functional skills in English and Maths at the appropriate level.
• Certificate/Diploma in supporting youth work.
• First Aid Certificate.
To gain this qualification you must have real work experience within the youth work setting… and there are many different kinds of settings for youth work. We'll be happy to discuss this with you.
Why do Youth Work?
Nowadays young people are bored, and this boredom encourages street activity, young offences, crime, drugs, sex and teen pregnancies. Youth clubs are one of the key places that provide these young people with a place where they can feel wanted, stay occupied, safe and off the streets. They can then start to build themselves as great young adults and brighten their future.
The Youth Club helps to bring the community together. It tries to break boundaries or discriminations in gender, race, beliefs, disabilities, gangs, or any other issues someone may be dealing with. The idea is to make the person feel accepted and safe in their community.
Every child needs to make an attachment to someone. Unfortunately not every baby or child is loved or wanted by their parents and does not receive that level of bonding. This may result in the child living a neglected cold life, maybe an abusive one. This is where a social worker or youth worker becomes important. They safeguard, help and build a relationship with the child. This relationship may be vital to the young person’s personal and social development.
Youth work is important in making a young person feel welcome and special, especially when the child or young person has not been made to feel that way before, for many reasons. Youth workers engage in the young person's life by helping them reach goals they may have thought weren’t possible. A good youth worker can help a young person aspire to develop into effective and caring citizens who are economically secure. This keeps them away from a life of crime, drugs, etc… A good youth worker should be able to help the young person change their life around and explore options for a better future.