The Youth Volunteer Training Course provides young people with an accredited programme of training, which is delivered using informal education and practical experiences.
Through the volunteering element of the programme, young people gain real-life work experience in a youth work environment, allowing them to gain both the skills, confidence and determination to succeed, necessary for employment in a competitive job market.
With youth unemployment at a high level, practical training programmes and high quality work experience provides an invaluable advantage for the participants. Through feedback and the experiences of previous volunteers this training has been invaluable in gaining employment.
The course is designed to engage young people for whom traditional education falls short, as the informal setting and practical tasks make learning a more interactive and less daunting task than it might otherwise seem.
The course can consist of an 8 week programme with weekly workshops, or can be run over a shorter intensive 3 day course.
The subjects covered include: What is youth work? Why have youth workers? Who are young people? Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Discrimination, planning sessions, young people’s development, the purpose and value of Volunteering, teamwork and communication skills.
Young people will also undertake 30 hours of volunteering experience as a youth worker in supervised placements whilst participating in the course.
Young people also fully plan, deliver and evaluate their own residential experience (weekend away) understanding the issues surrounding managing budgets and programmes.
20% of participants carry on learning with a view to complete further training as they want to pursue a career in the caring profession.
The local community benefits from young people volunteering − 30% of young people continue as volunteers in their voluntary placements.
30% of young people who participate in this course say it has directly helped them gain employment through having a track record of real work experience with an accreditation, the development of key skills that include working with others and communication skills.
Life skills such as cooking and budgeting are also gained from the residential experience.
We have a 90% completion rate and a major success for this course has been the commitment of the young people to complete the programme. This has had a positive impact on other young people in their local community.
″The course was really good!! It helped me learn the skills I needed to volunteer at my youth club and through this I got paid work with them too.″
″I learnt how important youth work can be in young people’s lives. Youth workers have had a big impact on my life and I discovered the skills I need to help me influence others.″