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Professional Qualification For Youth Workers and Volunteers

24th Feb 2017

The Education Authority is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative to support the professional formation of youth workers in the Voluntary Youth Work Sector. Working in collaboration with the Ulster University (UU), the Education Authority has developed a Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship in Youth Work. This is a very important development for the youth service in Northern Ireland and is built on the successful practice developed by both YCNI and the previous Education and Library Boards.

This scheme will employ 15 Youth Support Workers from across Northern Ireland and support them to achieve a professional youth work qualification while they work on secondment in a voluntary sector youth work organisation.

What is a Higher Level Apprenticeship?
A Higher Level Apprenticeship is a work-based programme that enables individuals to earn while they learn and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification.

How does the Apprenticeship Scheme work?

Apprentices will be employed by the Education Authority on a fixed term contract for 3 years and seconded to an EA recognised voluntary youth work organisation where they will work a 36 hour week in a front line youth work position.

Apprentices will be released approximately 1-2 days per week (subject to requirements) to study the BSC (Hons) Community Youth Work at the Ulster University and/or to undertake additional training devised by the Education Authority.

Information Session
Thursday 2 March 2017 from 7-8pm for Apprentice Applicants
EA, 40 Academy Street, Belfast.

Closing Date for applications is Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Interviews will take place on 16 March 2017 in Rathvarna Youth Resource Centre, 22, Pond Park Road, Lisburn.

For an application pack contact:
Michael McAlinden, Regional Youth Support Services Officer Education Authority, Block 1, 16 Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16 2HS
Tel: 028 90566200, Direct Line: 028 90566890

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