As a youth worker, you’ll be supporting young people and providing them with guidance regarding education, training and employment. You might work in a youth centre, a community facility, a school, church, marae or government agency, or you might run camps or sport activities. You can work full time, part time or as a volunteer.
Youth sector workers need to be:
Entry level roles in Youth work may not require any qualifications, but it’s likely you’ll be expected to train on-the-job for the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3-4).
More information from Careerforce about qualifications in the youth work sector.
Initially you’ll find yourself in roles like these:
More advanced roles will benefit from a Level 4 qualification:
Helping at-risk boys find confidence and fulfil their potential is a real passion and rewarding career for Thomas Stenning.
Many employers will support on-the-job training where you’ll have the opportunity to earn as you learn, get practical skills and work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification without taking on a student loan.
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