“Youth Work is about working with young people to help them develop their life skills in an informal atmosphere”
Youth Work can take place in many different places, from youth centres and schools to “on the street”, via a detached youth project. It involves supporting and working alongside young people in small groups, as part of a larger centre; or on an individual basis.
You will learn skills and techniques to deal with situations affecting this age group and to promote their learning. You will have the chance to develop positive working relationships with young people and see the outcomes from your efforts first hand.
As a youth worker you would support youth work programmes in your area. This would involve working directly with young people through street; community; and school based work, as well as local youth festivals. You would maintain accurate record keeping and take part in supervision, training and staff meetings as required. An Apprentice Youth Worker’s role is to assist in the planning, delivery and coordination of youth work projects and meet the needs of young people in their local area.
What made you choose to do an apprenticeship? My Manager suggested It to me.
Did you know that work based learning was the right route for you? Yes, because I can learn whilst doing my job role.
What have you found/ did you find hard? There Is a lot of written evidence that Is needed throughout the Apprenticeship.
What are you/ did you enjoy most? Being able to gain a quallflcatton has been a real achievement.
How has/ did your tutor and workplace help you? My manager helped by given me time to study. My Assessor helped me by doing 1 – 1 sessions and I was able to ring them at any time for advice and guidance which was a real support.
Any funny or memorable moments? My Assessor because she is never miserable.
How has It helped you in your job role/ career? It has helped me to develop youth work skills and a better understanding of the safeguarding and Prevent policies and procedures.
What would you say to a young person thinking about doing an apprenticeship? Yes do it, you gain skills and a qualiflcation.