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.
To become a fully qualified youth worker you will need a professional level youth worker qualification recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA). This can be obtained either by working as a part time youth support worker and taking appropriate qualifications to go onto your qualification or taking GCSE's and A levels or starting out as an apprentice and then taking a work based qualification as an entry point to a higher qualification.
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
£23,000 to £37,000