Youth Support Worker – Advanced Apprenticeship (Standard)
This apprenticeship is designed for people who are already working in a youth work environment and who deliver operational youth work, undertake duties on their own initiative and who may carry supervisory responsibility for small projects. Workers with these responsibilities will receive leadership and operational guidance from professionally qualified youth workers.
The apprenticeship will ensure you are able to build appropriate relationships with young people and support them holistically.
During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:
– Theory of youth work
– Safeguarding in a youth work setting
– Young people’s development
– Engaging and communicating with young people
– Group work within a youth work setting
– Working with challenging behaviour in youth work settings
– Work-based practice in youth work
– Reflective practice in a youth work setting
– Interviewing skills for work with young people
– Detached and outreach youth work
– Facilitating the learning and development of young people through mentoring
– Understanding how youth work supports young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
– Managing a budget within a youth work setting
– Anti-discriminatory practice in youth work
Apprenticeship standards are all assessed via end-point assessment (EPA). This means you will be assessed via completion of a portfolio alongside a professional discussion and also via observation of your workplace skills in a setting. You will need to demonstrate what you’ve learned at your end-point assessment to a sufficient standard to meet the criteria for knowledge, skills and behaviour across all the content.
You will need to be employed for 30 hours per week or more and ideally be working at or just below a GCSE Grade C in English and Maths. If you already hold a Grade C GCSE or Level 2 functional skill and have a copy of the certificate, then you might be exempt from having to complete them again. You will need to be able to provide certificates to evidence previous grades.
This course could lead towards future study of a range of courses, including a Level 3 Diploma in Management. There are also higher level qualifications in youth work up to degree level.
Facilities and resources
As a student of the college, you will have full access to the college facilities.
You will have access to OneFile – an online portfolio and will also be able to use resources such as Google classroom to access learning at a time that suits you.
Q: Do I need a DBS check?
A: Anyone working in a youth work setting needs a DBS check so your employer will arrange this before you start work with them. You will not need a separate DBS check for college.
Q: What happens if I leave my employer?
A: The apprenticeship admin team will give you guidance about the rules regarding this situation if it arises. Ideally, your employer will support you throughout the whole period of the apprenticeship.
Q: Is there a maximum break allowed between employers?
A: Yes, you need to be re-employed and back in work within six weeks.
Q: Why do I need to study maths and English as part of the qualification?
A: These are essential skills and you cannot progress to the ‘gateway’ for your end-point assessment until all other elements are completed according to the standard rules.
Q: Are there youth work qualifications that are not available as an apprenticeship?
A: Yes, there is a Youth Work Diploma, available by the means of other funding methods. Please contact us for more information.
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Why Petroc should be your first choice
Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.
We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community.
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We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.