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training for youth work suite

The Youth Work Training Board for Northern Ireland is an advocate of the life long learning agenda.

As such it wishes to promote continuous occupational development by having a range of flexible training units that staff working in the youth work sector can access at times that suit their personal circumstances.

A training suite entitled TRAINING FOR YOUTH WORK has been developed by the Youth Work Training Board for Northern Ireland and has received formal accreditation from the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI).

This training suite will build capacity in the youth work sector and develop the workforce to engage effectively with young people to meet their developmental needs in today’s rapidly changing world.

These units:

OCNNI Leadership in Youth Work Level 1
OCNNI Good Relations & Cultural Diversity for Young People Level 1

OCNNI Introduction to Youth Work Level 2
OCNNI Programme Development Level 3
OCNNI Working with Others in a Youth Work Context Level 3
OCNNI Introduction to Community Relations Work Level 2
OCNNI Programme Development for Introductory CR/EDI Work with Young People Level 3
OCNNI EDI/CR for Practitioners working with Young People Level 3
OCNNI Groupwork Level 3
OCNNI Outreach/Detached Youth Work Level 3

will help provide candidates with access to professional youth work qualifications at the University of Ulster.

They are designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and competence required to work in a youth service setting.

They will include opportunities to exchange thoughts and experiences with other youth support workers and to consider personal attitudes and approaches, as well as the attributes required to work effectively and safely with young people.

Emphasis will be on creating a learner-centred training environment, focusing on the needs of participants, the contexts in which they are working with young people and the experience they have had to date.

Overall, it is hoped that participation on these units will:

Promote competence, confidence and skills
Increase candidates' knowledge of key aspects of programme development in youth work
Build on candidates' talents, interests and energies
Underpin the importance of Child Protection in every aspect of youth provision
Emphasise the important role of leadership within staff teams
Encourage participants to consider undertaking further training

The major strength of this programme is that it has been developed by the youth work sector whose representatives sit as members of the Youth Work Training Board for Northern Ireland.  The five Education and Library Boards (Belfast, Southern, South Eastern, North Eastern and Western) have worked in partnership with Youth Action, YouthLink and the Youth Council for Northern Ireland collectively and individually contributing generously to the development of this suite of courses.

Anyone wishing to register for any units in the Training for Youth Work suite can do so by contacting one of the satellite centres which deliver these programmes:

Youth Service Branch, Belfast Education & Library Board 028.9056.4260/4089
Youth Service Branch, North Eastern Education & Library Board 028.9448.2207
Youth Service Branch, South Eastern Education & Library Board  028.9756.4485/0857
Youth Service Branch, Southern Education & Library Board 028.3751.2281/4066/9503
Youth Service Branch, Western Education & Library Board  028.7138.2096
YouthAction Northern Ireland  028.9024.0551
YouthLink Northern Ireland 028.9032.3217
YouthWorks 028.9031.2115

Any general enquiries about youth work training should be addressed to:

Michael McAlinden
Training Development Officer
Youth Council for Northern Ireland
Forestview, Purdy's Lane
Belfast, BT8 7AR

T: 02890.643882
F: 02890.643874


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