Youth Work Week: Helping Young People Become Qualified Youth Support Workers

As part of the National Youth Agency’s Youth Work Week, we are sharing the success stories of our Centres to celebrate the exceptional work they do to train youth workers.

Today we are sharing the story of St Helen’s College, one of the largest providers of further and higher education in the north west, who joined ABC Awards just a year ago.

In this short time the college has already seen resounding success in their pass rates with many learners going on to find youth work related jobs after completing their qualifications.

This includes learners going on to further study in areas such as criminal justice and youth and community, while others have embarked on apprenticeships with local councils.

One learner is now a team leader at Wigan Youth Zone, while another has secured a job after five years of unemployment.

The college offers the Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice and both the Level 3 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice, and combines the qualifications with dementia training and C-Card training for condom distribution, giving their learners even more employability prospects in specific areas of social care.

When joining ABC Awards in 2015, the college was looking for an awarding organisation who could offer the appropriate funding for youth work qualifications and found that ABC Awards qualifications were eligible for this funding.

Jo Caley-Arnold, a Lecturer in the Health Sciences, Care and Public Services department, said:

“ABC Awards was very helpful and professional from the very beginning. Jane, in their Centre Support Office, was extremely helpful in setting us on the right track to becoming an approved Centre and Helen, one of the moderators, was very responsive and supportive in terms of the documentation required and the feedback she gave to us on our Centre Approval visit. The process of becoming an approved Centre seemed to be very well organised.”

The college has secured placements for its students this year with drugs and alcohol and sexual health teams to ensure their learners receive relevant work experience, and they have plans to work with charity Catch-22 so they learners can gain experience mentoring the young people the charity works with.

The Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in youth work practice have been developed to help learners from the ages of 14 in England and 16 in Wales to achieve the mandatory competencies required by the National Occupational Standards for becoming youth work practitioners.

After completing the Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice, learners will have the skills and knowledge to become competent youth support workers and will have a solid understanding of key areas of youth work, including safeguarding, group work, working with challenging behaviour, and reflective practice.

Click here to find out more about our range of youth work qualifications or call our team on 0115 854 1620.

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