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Apprenticeship training course

Youth support worker (level 3)

Work in a supporting role with young people aged 11-25 to promote their personal, social and educational development.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Care services
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Deputy leader
  • Participation worker
  • Part-time youth leader
  • Project worker
  • Youth club leader
  • Youth development officer
  • Youth Support Worker
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Recognise, manage and reflect upon relational boundaries in professional youth support work
  • Communicate with stakeholders - internal and/or external
  • Facilitate the learning and development of young people
  • Encourage the participation of young people in developing their own learning
  • Facilitate activities and techniques to use with young people that promote self-confidence and build self-esteem and resilience
  • Reflect individually and through supervision on practice in line with daily tasks to enhance the support young people receive
  • Monitor and record the outcomes of own practice to identify areas for development and improvement
  • Appropriately manage behaviour boundaries in line with organisational policies
  • Plan youth support work programmes and sessions
  • Lead youth support work programmes and sessions
  • Evaluate youth support work programmes and sessions
  • Enable young people to express their views, aspirations, needs and concerns appropriately in line with youth support work principles
  • Identify, appropriately challenge and act upon oppressive or discriminatory attitudes, behaviours and situations
  • Support young people to participate in planning, organising, delivering and evaluating youth work activities and programmes, and engaging on issues of importance to them
  • Embeds in own practice a commitment to the rights of young people
  • Apply safeguarding procedures and protocols
  • Work within the parameters of organisational, local and national health and safety, child protection, data protection and equalities policies and procedures
  • Participate in risk assessments and manage risk and risk benefits within the workplace
  • Record all health and safety risks and take the correct actions to ensure the safety of all young people
  • Complete administrative responsibilities e.g., signing in young people, risk assessments and recording activities
  • Manage budgets and resources
  • Manage individuals in line with organisational procedures
  • Work with and maintain professional behaviour boundaries when working with young people

Full information on Youth support worker (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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