Youth Work Apprenticeship

Are you interested in working with young people. Are you interested in helping and developing young people to achieve their learning potential. Youth work helps young people learn about themselves, others and society, through informal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. Youth workers work typically with young people aged between 11 and 25. Their work seeks to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole.

As a Youth worker your day to day role could involve planning sessions, attending debriefs, creating resources, going on trips and residential workshops, doing outreach work, whatever it involves you will be engaging with young people. As a Youth worker you will also learn about the legislation and procedures that you need to understand and follow, you will learn how to write reports and a variety of other tasks. As a youth worker you could work in a Youth club or a School or as part of a community project.

The Level 2 Certificate is suitable if you need some support and is the minimum qualification required for those wishing to work as a JNC qualified Youth Support Worker Assistant. The level 3 Diploma is suitable for those who have completed a level 2 and wish to extend your knowledge of and skills in specialist subject areas.

Progression Routes on completion

Specific progression opportunities include:

  • Doing a higher level qualification ( Level 3 or a University degree )
  • Working in areas such as play work or sports coaching

Typical salaries for a level 3 qualified youth worker could range from:

  • Youth support workers (a title incorporating those who are not fully qualified professional youth workers) can expect a salary range of between £14,283 to £19,833.
  • Salaries for local authority youth service managers vary according to the size of the authority and responsibility of the post but are usually in excess of £35,000.
  • Sessional work with zero hours contracts are common with hourly rates depending on qualifications and experience; they typically range from £9.00 to £13.00 per hour.


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