National Apprenticeship Week

What apprentices will learn

During the Youth Support Worker apprenticeship you will learn different knowledge, skills and behaviour modules. Some of these include:

  • Methods for encouraging and enabling young people to participate in an inclusive manner
  • Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in youth work settings
  • Approaches for increasing active participation and creating opportunities for youth voice and leadership
  • 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

  • Work in an anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory manner

  • Promote acceptance and understanding of others

  • Support positive engagement in activities

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

This occupation is found in informal settings such as youth clubs, activity-based projects and social action projects; or more formal settings such as schools, Early Help or youth offending and in local authority, charity, private or voluntary organisations. Youth support workers may work in more specialist settings such as schools, alternative education provisions, hospitals, youth justice environments or within the social care system. In all cases, safeguarding young people, following health and safety and equal opportunities policies will be central. Youth support workers deliver youth support work in local and area projects. 

Details of program

This apprenticeship usually takes around 18 months to complete during which you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities.  This apprenticeship covers the professional behaviours, knowledge and skills that are required of a Youth Worker

  • Methods to build trust and rapport, with diverse groups of young people

  • Group work theory and its application in work with young people.

  • Local and national factors that impact on young people i.e. social, environmental, economic, political

  • Local community networks and ways in which young people might become involved

  • Partnership and multi-agency working

  • Communication techniques including verbal, written and electronic

  • Places and spaces that professional youth support work might happen and how approaches might differ dependent on context, environment and/or young person

  • Key reflective practice models that can be used in youth support work practice and their impact

  • Critical reflection, and how to use it in practice to enhance continuous professional development for youth support work

  • Professional approaches to informal education with individuals and groups in different settings

Duration: 18 months

Delivery Options:

Online ☑️

Face to face ☑️

Combination of both☑️

Start dates: Monthly

Assessment Gateway

At the assessment gateway your employer will make the decision that you are ready to undertake the end point assessment.

Before going forward for end point assessment, you must have:

The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard.

Apprentices must have achieved all qualifications mandated in the Youth Support Worker standard. The qualifications required are:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice
  • English and Mathematics at Level 2.
  • Apprentices must submit a portfolio of evidence to underpin the professional discussion

End Point Assessment

Following successful completion of the Gateway, you will proceed to end point assessment (EPA).
The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation.
The End Point assessment components are:

  • Assessment method 1: Observation with questions
  • Assessment method 2: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Performance in these assessment methods will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade of:  Fail  Pass  Distinction

Both components of the end point assessment must be completed and an end point assessment grade will be determined by the end point assessor.

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