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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

  • 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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You will need:

  • Excellent communication
  • interpersonal and listening skills
  • creativity
  • 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

Starting Salary

£23,250 to £37,500

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