YOUTH WORK TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

 
The Youth Development Association/CYSI recognises the JNC Qualifications in Youth and Community Work at its various levels - but also believes in the necsssity of parity between part-time and full-time youth and community work qualification.
 
Youth work is one of the jewels in the crown of the British Community and Education systems but is also subject to some of the most unfair and oppressive systems of qualification and standards.  This is not institutionally intentional but is definitely a mindset in some quarters.  We believe that a full review of state funded quangos that create unnecessary bureaucracy and interfaces in the Children and Young Peoples Sector should take place and the the responsibilites and some funds be given to individual professional bodies and voluntary sector groups.  Training and Qualification could then be done through other bodies in different ways. 
 
We believe that for Youth Work to be successful youth and community workers have to be professionally free within a protective framework.
 
The Training carried out by most of the main Independent and Voluntary Sector bodies in the United Kingdom is as good if not better than that carried out by state funded and quango approved agencies.
We accept this for membership.   
 
The Association would welcome submission and opinions on the future of Youth and Community Work
Training in the United Kingdom and welcomes the overlap of training which Integrated Youth Services may provide.  We also believe that there is an artificial divide at times between youth services, further education, social welfare, culture media and sport and support mutual recognition.
 
We do not support the constant re-invention of the the same training which practitioners in all these fields are asked to do over an over again by successive governments and hope that the Coalition Government in the United Kingdom will address this.
 
Useful information on youth and community work in the United Kingdom may be obtained from
links below.  This is for information and does not necessarily mean that the bodies listed corporately agree with the YDA position but individual members may.
 
The links below may be useful if you are working with young people.   Not all their policies will be the same as ours but are listed the enable continuing professional development.
 
 
Training Courses both JNC and non-JNC
 

Youth Work Training: FAQs

Thinking about youth work as a career?

I think I want to get involved in youth work but I need to talk it through more and consider my options?

How can I find detailed information about work like youth work?

I want to get involved with youth work in my local area so I can get some experience before I get qualified. Who can I contact?

I have a criminal record. Will I be able to work in youth work?

I think I want to get involved in youth work but I need to talk it through more and consider my options?

Everyone’s circumstances are different and you may find it helps to talk to a career advisor who can help you look at what will suit you best in relation to moving forward in your career - you can get advice online and get a call back by phone by the National Careers Service. There are still Connexions services regionally that you can contact by searching for Connexions and your region.

I want to get involved with youth work in my local area so I can get some experience before I get qualified. Who can I contact?

Most providers of youth work training/employers will want you to have some experience, paid or voluntary, of working with young people as this shows that you have tried it, like it and are serious about working with young people. To find out what is going on in your local area you can contact your local youth service and ask about possible ways to get involved or find your local voluntary service who may know of groups looking for support. You could also contact the National Organisation for Voluntary Youth Services who have a list of national and regional voluntary youth services.

How can I get qualified? Where can I find information on training?

I would like a career in youth work – how do I become qualified?

Who are the JNC and why are qualifications in youth work recognised by them?

Are there NVQs in youth work?

Where can I find out which universities and colleges are running JNC recognised BA (Hons) and post graduate programmes?

I have a found a youth work course I am interested in. Is it JNC recognised?

I already have a degree (not youth work) and experience of working with young people. I would like to get a JNC qualification. What are my options?

I already have a degree (not youth work) and experience of working with young people. I would like to get a JNC qualification. What are my options?

You may like to consider a post-graduate qualification in youth work. However, each university/College may have different entry requirements so it is best to locate providers you are interested in and contact them direct to discuss. If you do not have a relevant degree or experience you may struggle to get a place. You can work with young people without a JNC qualification, however having one is likely to enhance your career prospects in Youth Work. See the full list of programmes >>

How do I find our about training in the other nations in the UK?

Previously gained qualifications

Do my previous qualifications gained in other related work areas count towards JNC recognition?

I qualified with a JNC recognised Dip HE/ Foundation degree in youth work. Am I still professionally qualified now that the professionally qualifying level has increased to a BA (Hons)?

Do my previous qualifications gained in other related work areas count towards JNC professional recognition?

Unless your previous qualifications/experience/credits have been gained from another JNC recognised programme it is very unlikely that this will count toward being JNC qualified. To gain the status of JNC qualified at professional level, you need to have completed a full BA (Hons) Youth and Community programme or a post graduate qualification that has been validated through the National Youth Agency, and as such, is recognised by the JNC. The programmes are developed and reviewed against criteria that ensure a quality learning experience for the student that develops them as high quality practitioners that can meet the needs of young people and employers. A key aspect of this is a high level of field practice working with young people, making theory to practice links. If you think you have credits or learning that may count towards gaining a JNC professional qualification you should speak with the university or college that you are hoping to gain a full award with as they will be able to assess this with you. List of courses

If you gained your qualification abroad you may like to explore the Individual recognition route >>

I qualified with a JNC recognised Dip HE/ Foundation degree in youth work. Am I still professionally qualified now that the professionally qualifying level has increased to a BA (Hons)?

Yes! The 2010 changes to the level at which a person is deemed professionally qualified does not alter professional qualifications gained prior to 2010.

How can I check whether mine, or a job applicants, qualification is JNC recognised?

Useful Information

How can I obtain a copy of the JNC payscale?

Where can I get a copy of the National Occupational Standards?

Where can I get a copy of the QAA Benchmarks for Youth and Community Work?

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                                                                        Note of caution  and statement of policy from YDA Officers.  
We have included the above information for the benefit of site users and it is the same as provided by the NYA -  YDA does not believe that Youth Work or Services are about to be improved by a 'graduate' profession - neither do we think it is about to bedamaged.  What we believe is that the issue of 'graduate' profession is of no relevance to the quality of your services.  We believe that being 'professional' is all about bringing a body of skills to a task and using those skills fairly and equitably for the benefit of the community. 

We recognise and support the work and development of the Institute for Youth Work (particularly as we were the first institute for youth workers which the nyb chose not to want at that time) but do not support the current concepts of regulation and registration of the profession.  YDA believes that the best way of registering and regulating the status of qualified youth worker is by a return to a register kept by the Department of Education in the same way (as teaching) as was originally the system for some years and a return to the requirement of a probationary year before registration.

We do not support the protection of the work 'youth worker' as we believe this to be generic as with 'teacher' and that this is disrespectful and disingenuous with regard to voluntary workers and falsly aims to create a closed shop with no benefits to the service or young people we also have doubts about the use of the term 'youth support worker' in any way to imply that the worker is inferior or junior to the youth worker.  Youth Work should be about promoting equality and fairness not unnecessary barriers or distinctions.

 
 
 
 
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