The Education Authority (EA) is launching two professionally accredited training programmes; Pathway to Professional Youth Work Scheme and the Youth Service Creative Arts and Digital Innovators (CADi) Programme.
Working in partnership with the Ulster University, EA has created the Pathway to Professional Youth Work Scheme, which aims to attract fresh, new talent to the youth and community work sector.
The scheme will offer 21 successful candidates the opportunity to study for a professional, accredited Honours Degree or Postgraduate Qualification, whilst employed as a trainee youth support worker for EA.
Stephen Dallas, Head of EA Youth Services – Regional, commented:
“Youth work is a rewarding, challenging and varied career which allows you to positively impact the lives of young people. Our aim, in line with the NI youth Work Curriculum, is to provide innovative, informal learning opportunities and develop nurturing relationships between youth workers and young people.
“The Pathways Scheme offers a tremendous opportunity for people from a range of different backgrounds to develop a career in youth work, without accumulating student debt.
“If you are seeking an opportunity to start, or re-start your career, this could be the scheme for you.”
In addition to the Pathways Scheme, EA is also seeking to recruit an additional 4 candidates for the Creative Arts and Digital Innovators (CADi) Team, which provides quality accredited training in creative technology for young people in a non-formal learning environment. This will also provide the opportunity to combine studying for a professional, accredited Honours Degree or Postgraduate Qualification, whilst employed as a trainee youth support worker for EA.
CADi targets young people who are not presently engaged effectively with formal education or their communities and could benefit from a more challenging opportunity to gain accreditation in a creative arts or technology discipline.