Youth Workers will support and empower young people often from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them improve their personal and social development. They will organise activities, give advice, run drop-in centres and may act as a mentor or counsellor.
- a youth work qualification recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA)
- experience working with young people – you could get this by volunteering
- to pass a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could take on a more specialist role in an area like mental health. You could also become a team leader or manager.
Other options are to gain further qualifications and move into social work, teaching, community development or counselling.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Community arts worker
- Community development worker
- Education welfare officer
You will need:
- Excellent communication
- interpersonal and listening skills
- the ability to earn trust and build good relationships
- to be able to work closely with other professionals such as police, teachers, social workers
- a non-judgmental attitude
- patience and understanding
- enthusiasm and motivation
- strong self-management skills
£23,250 to £37,500