01/10/2021 - Permalink

New opportunities to train as a youth support worker

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Shropshire Council is supporting a brand new apprenticeship to create a new wave of locality-based youth support workers.

The level 3 apprenticeship in youth work practice is a unique opportunity to learn and develop whilst on the job gaining the skills, knowledge and experience to become a youth work practitioner.

Youth workers play an important role in developing young people’s confidence and self-esteem, as well as creating positive learning and social experiences for skills development and social action within their communities. They also play a vital role to young people in their communities, enabling them to develop holistically through personal, social and moral educational opportunities.

The National Youth Agency, alongside the Educational Training Standard, have developed the apprenticeship programme.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:-

“Shropshire’s young people are our next generation – it has not been easy for them over the last couple of years due to the pandemic. You will be joining a highly skilled team of detached youth work professionals who will be working with Shropshire’s most vulnerable young people on the streets, in communities, in schools and where young people feel most comfortable.”

Francean Doyle, Shropshire Council’s head of early help, partnerships and commissioning, said:-

“This is a great opportunity for people to improve and fine tune their skills. As young people are individuals, we can guarantee that every day will be different, and the job is varied. Don’t hesitate – come join us and make a difference in supporting our young people to build a brighter future for themselves.”

Shropshire Council has a rich network of apprentices, and encourages anyone of any age, who is looking to learn new skills, to apply for this exciting and fulfilling role.

For more information about the posts please visit https://careers.shropshire.gov.uk/vacancy/assistant-youth-support-worker-458756.html

Further information

The National Youth Agency says that:-

“An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a youth support worker level 2 or 3 certificate in youth work practice and real experience of working with young people. As an employer hiring an apprentice provides you with the opportunity to develop workers’ talents and gain a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce”.