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ABC Awards offer a superb range of Youth Work qualifications for those with an interest in working with young people in the community. These range from an introduction at Level 1 through to the more advanced qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 which can assist people already in a job with their responsibilities.  For those who are professionally qualified, the Level 3 and 4 qualifications in Working with Vulnerable Young People can provide additional support.


Fees 2013-14

Level 2 Working with Young People - NCVYS

The Level 2 Award and Certificate in Working with Young People qualifications are now live.  Over the last 12 months the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) has been working with ABC Awards and the voluntary and community sector to develop both the Level 2 Award and Certificate.

NCVYS is currently trialling delivery and developing supporting resources to aid trainers and learners.  This activity will be completed over the summer.

If you are interested in finding out more or planning to deliver in the next few months please contact

Contact Colette Harrison at ABC Awards for information and support.  Click here to view the ABC Awards Qualification Information Sheet.

Additional information can be found on the NCVYS website and here.

NCVYS has also produced three information sheets for these qualifications, each one aimed at a different audience.  These documents can be accessed from the link or downloaded below.


As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. * All employed apprentices will get a wage, at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) however, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.


Key benefits:
•    earn a salary
•    get paid holidays
•    receive training
•    gain qualifications
•    learn job-specific skills

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

Apprenticeships are available in the following Sectors

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care*
Arts, Media and Publishing
Business, Administration and Law
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Education and Training
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies*
Health, Public Services and Care*

Information and Communication Technology
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Retail and Commercial Enterprise*

ABC Awards has qualifications in these sectors* that contribute to Apprenticeships:

JNC Agrees Changes to the Minimum Requirements at Level 3 for Support Roles

At a recent meeting The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Work amended its report to recognise the Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice as the qualification that confers occupational competence for Youth Support Work roles.

The Level 3 Diploma remains available, and is highlighted as providing additional learning and preparation for those seeking progression into Higher Education programmes leading to Professionally Qualified status.

Whilst JNC has identified the Level 3 Certificate as the minimum qualification appropriate, employers are strongly encouraged to also offer CPD to employees within this range, specifically utilising the available Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice.

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