Becoming a qualified youth worker

Most people enter youth work as either a volunteer or paid worker/apprentice and are typically called Assisstant / Youth Support Workers.

Youth Work Training at this level has been developed to support learners undertaking their qualifications part time, so broken down into stages.

The Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice – is the foundation for either the  level 2 Certification (for 16+ age group) or the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma (for 18+ age group) in Youth Work Practice.

These qualifications contain units  which provide opportunities for learners to develop the underpinning knowledge and work skills required to competently carry out the role of Assistant Youth Support Worker at Level 2 and Youth Support Worker at Level 3.

Level 3 qualifications are for those working without direct supervision, or who manage small scale provision, teams or have specialist responsibilities.

Learners who successfully complete Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (England) may wish to complete additional units to achieve Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice (England).

Individuals unable to access training via their organisation, can apply to the national bursary scheme for assistance towards the cost of these courses – contact the YWU Y&H for more details.

Alternatively, funding for the Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice is accessible through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee. Aimed at any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or 2 full A levels, will be able to access fully-funded courses.

19 to 23 year olds will continue to be eligible for their first full level 3 via the adult education budget, and for any additional qualifications made available through this offer.

For more information on the coures read the Y&H Workforce Development Strategy

These qualifications are provided by a range of awarding organisations; see our training booket for more details

Level 3 Apprenticeship –  to learn more about diploma apprenticeships visit Youth support worker / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

The assessment plan for the L3 Youth Support Worker, can be found here Youth support worker / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Level 6 Apprenticeships –  to learn more about degree apprenticeship visit Youth worker / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Level 6 – Under or Post Graduate Coures: 

The University of Huddersfield, the Univsersity of Hull and Leeds Beckett Universities all offer Youth & CommunityWork Degree courses at either under or post graduate level.

Other routes to becoming qualified