Youth Work Training: FAQs
Thinking about youth work as a career?
I think I want to get involved in youth work but I need to talk it through more and consider my options?
Everyone’s circumstances are different and you may find it helps to talk to a career advisor who can help you look at what will suit you best in relation to moving forward in your career. If you are over 19 years old then you can get advice online or locate your local Next Steps office to book some time with an adviser. If you are still aged under 19 then find your local Connexions/Integrated Youth Support Service that will be able to help.
I want to get involved with youth work in my local area so I can get some experience before I get qualified. Who can I contact?
Most providers of youth work training/employers will want you to have some experience, paid or voluntary, of working with young people as this shows that you have tried it, like it and are serious about working with young people. To find out what is going on in your local area you can contact your local youth service and ask about possible ways to get involved or find your local voluntary service who may know of groups looking for support. You could also contact the National Organisation for Voluntary Youth Services who have a list of national and regional voluntary youth services.
How can I get qualified? Where can I find information on training?
I already have a degree (not youth work) and experience of working with young people. I would like to get a JNC qualification. What are my options?
You may like to consider a post-graduate qualification in youth work. However, each university/College may have different entry requirements so it is best to locate providers you are interested in and contact them direct to discuss. If you do not have a relevant degree or experience you may struggle to get a place. You can work with young people without a JNC qualification, however having one is likely to enhance your career prospects in Youth Work. See the full list of programmes >>
Previously gained qualifications
Do my previous qualifications gained in other related work areas count towards JNC professional recognition?
Unless your previous qualifications/experience/credits have been gained from another JNC recognised programme it is very unlikely that this will count toward being JNC qualified. To gain the status of JNC qualified at professional level, you need to have completed a full BA (Hons) Youth and Community programme or a post graduate qualification that has been validated through the National Youth Agency, and as such, is recognised by the JNC. The programmes are developed and reviewed against criteria that ensure a quality learning experience for the student that develops them as high quality practioners that can meet the needs of young people and employers. A key aspect of this is a high level of field practice working with young people, making theory to practice links. If you think you have credits or learning that may count towards gaining a JNC professional qualification you should speak with the university or college that you are hoping to gain a full award with as they will be able to assess this with you.
If you gained your qualification abroad you may like to explore the Individual recognition route >>
I qualified with a JNC recognised Dip HE/ Foundation degree in youth work. Am I still professionally qualified now that the professionally qualifying level has increased to a BA (Hons)?
Yes! The 2010 changes to the level at which a person is deemed professionally qualified does not alter professional qualifications gained prior to 2010.