Introduction to Youth Work

Ref: C2525571

This course will provide you with the knowledge to understand what youth work is and identify the range of skills required to engage effectively as a youth worker. You will be able to recognise the key issues in working with young people and the role of a youth worker. You will be able to identify the key changes in a young person’s life, as well as understanding the ways in which equality of opportunity is incorporated throughout youth work. You will also develop how to plan an appropriate programme of activities for young people. You will be encouraged to take an active role in planning activities so that you develop the confidence and skills to manage young people in a youth work setting.

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority. This course is at The Willows Centre, North Port Road, Portrack, Stockton on Tees TS18 2HX. It is a safe and welcome environment.

Course aim

To gain knowledge of the principles, practices and values of youth work. To develop the skills of a youth worker. This course could lead to a range of job opportunities, or voluntary work as a youth worker.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define what youth work is and the three strands of youth work
  • Plan an appropriate programme of activities for young people
  • Identify key changes in a young persons life
  • Identify key issues involved in working with young people
  • Identify ways in which equality of opportunity is incorporated throughout youth work

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • A clip file to store your work. A4 pad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Introduction to Youth Work

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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