Level 3 Apprenticeship in Youth Support Worker

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Delivery Method

Breakdown of Hours

Apprenticeship delivery/assessment activities are tailored to meet the needs of the employer and apprentice with appointments arranged around your work schedule, however, you will be required to spend at least 6 hrs per week completing mandatory off-the-job training as part of your apprenticeship.

Course Length

12 - 18 Months.

  • Course Overview

    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. Youth Support Workers may be responsible for the management of volunteers and assistant youth support workers. They may also be responsible for young people working as volunteers and peer educators. This would be dependent on the scope of the employing organisation and what it offers.

    The broad purpose of the occupation is to work in a supporting role with young people aged 11-25 (predominantly in the age range of 11-19) to promote their personal, social and educational development. Youth support work provides a holistically supportive, positive professional relationship with young people, ensuring the relationship is routed in young people’s own journey and led by them. It creates opportunities for young people to develop their voices and views and creates opportunities to learn about themselves and society using informal education methods within the context of professional relationships. Youth Support Workers lead work with young people, under the supervision of a degree-qualified youth worker (or suitably aligned professional where this is not possible). An example of this might be working on a youth voice project, increasing the active participation of young people in the development or delivery of a service.

    In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of organisations working with young people such as schools, justice organisations and community organisations. They may work with a range of professionals including youth workers, teachers, social workers, police, youth offending officers, local government officials and health professionals. As Youth Support Workers, they may be working inside in specific environments like youth centres, hospitals, community-based projects or schools, youth support workers often work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends and sometimes outside in all weathers undertaking detached or outreach work.

    An employee in this occupation will be responsible for planning and delivering youth support work in local and area projects. Youth Support Workers may work on national projects (such as youth parliament) alongside professional youth workers. Youth Support Workers will be responsible for the planning and delivery of programmes and projects of youth support work with young people, and leading sessions. They may be responsible for the management of sessional staff, volunteers and assistant youth support workers. They may also be responsible for young people working as volunteers, trainees or peer educators. This would depend on the nature of the employing organisation and what it offers. They will be supported to develop in this role by a qualified youth worker (or aligned professional) through management and supervision.

  • Who is this course for?

    An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:

    • early in their career
    • looking to upskill in their current job
    • looking for a career change
    • not in full-time education
  • Course Benefits

    Apprenticeships are an exciting paid option for anyone wanting to gain experience, upskill or change career because they offer the chance to earn a wage whilst they work and study.

    There are many benefits to completing an apprenticeship:

    • experience and skills development
    • a nationally recognised qualification (with no tuition fees)
    • employee benefits and a wage
    • exposure to industry professionals An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences
    • Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification

    An apprenticeship includes:

    • paid employment with holiday leave
    • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
    • at least 20% off-the-job training
    • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification
  • Entry Requirements
    • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of the apprenticeship.
    • If you are applying for an apprenticeship vacancy, employers will identify any relevant additional entry requirements through selection.
    • Have the right to work in England. Have an eligible residency status and be living in England.
    • Undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting.
    • Already have or be applying for a 35 hour per week job that demonstrates the skills required for this apprenticeship programme.
    • To have regular access to a computer which will allow you to access the online portfolio system - OneFile.
    • To be able to surf the internet, send and receive emails with attachments, complete written work using a computer (with Microsoft Word) and be generally IT literate.
  • Assessment Methods

    Apprenticeship standard

    (All components must be completed unless the Apprentice has an exemption)

    • Portfolio of evidence
    • Skills, knowledge and behaviours within the administration
    • Endpoint assessment (detailed below)
    • 20% off-the-job training
    • Must demonstrate they have the skills in English and Maths up to a level 2

    Endpoint Assessment

    This Apprenticeship is part of the new standards that have recently come out and now has an endpoint assessment which means the Apprentice needs to complete the following tasks to complete the Apprenticeship. The Apprentice can only take these assessments once the Employer and Training Development Consultant agree they are now competent in the Apprenticeship they are studying, and these End Point Assessments are there to show they are now competent. Your Training and Development Consultant will prepare you for these assessments.

    • Multiple choice test online
    • Assessment of the portfolio you have been working towards in your Diploma
    • Interview with the End Point Assessor based on the portfolio above
    • Presentation of work-based project and Q&A

    20% Off-the-job Training

    Employers are expected to support Apprentices with receiving off-the-job training which needs to be the equivalent of 20% of the expected working hours it will take to complete the Apprenticeship. This can be achieved in many ways and can be delivered by the Employer, training provider or a third party and will depend on what you agree as an employer you want to do.

    Here are some of the types of Off-the-job training the Apprentice can have:

    • Teaching
    • Training on new equipment
    • Shadowing or being mentored
    • Practical training
    • Online learning
    • Visiting other departments
    • Industry visits
    • Simulated exercises
    • Assignments
  • Qualifications

    Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice, City & Guilds.

  • Career Opportunities and Further Study

    Youth Worker Degree Apprenticeship.

  • Location

    Delivery will be in the workplace with a Training and Development Consultant visiting you every 2-4 weeks and your employer supporting and providing off-the-job training.

    The qualification is delivered at the workplace at a time convenient for the employer and learner.

  • Price and Funding

    This programme could be fully funded subject to eligibility criteria.

    If you wish to pay for this programme the commercial price is £4,500 and you can do it in instalments.

    To be eligible for full funding, you must meet the following criteria:

    • Must be aged 16 or over
    • Must not have previously completed this apprenticeship.
    • Must have been living in the EU for the last 3 years
    • Must live in England

    You may also be eligible for part funding or choose to pay for your course.

    You will be advised regarding your funding eligibility by an LLC Recruitment Advisor.

    Must be in employment in a related role that allows you to demonstrate the skills for this apprenticeship.

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