Institute of Technology or PolytechnicOtago Polytechnic
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This qualification will prepare you for a career as a Youth Worker within Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll learn skills and techniques to support young people (12-24 years) and their whanau by helping them to develop quality relationships and providing guidance on education, training and employment. Course work includes a series of work placements, one of which where you will lead and evaluate a youth development project.
Youth development is about promoting young peoples’ personal and social development and enabling them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities, as well as in society as a whole.
Our programme will prepare you to enter the workforce through a series of work placements. During one of these, you’ll lead and evaluate a youth development project. You’ll also build a network of contacts for when you graduate!
Your learning will prepare you for a career as a Youth Worker within Aotearoa New Zealand. Chances of getting a job are good due to the increasing demand for youth work services. And, with further training, youth workers can move into social work, counselling or teaching roles.
Other career options include Rangatahi Development Worker, Youth Advocate, Youth Facilitator, Youth Leader, Youth Pastor/Minister or a Youth Support Worker.
Our programme provides the training and education you need to ensure you meet the established industry competency standards for youth work.
You’ll graduate with the latest skills and knowledge about the youth development sector – understanding all about practices and resources that are useful for working with young people, youth culture and their communities, physical and mental health issues among youth, and laws and policies that affect young people.
During your study, you'll learn how to:
This programme has a great mix of learning activities. These include:
Further study options
To further your learning and practice, you could study the Bachelor of Youth Development at Weltec/Whitreia or the Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership at the University of Canterbury.
NCEA Level 3, New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) or equivalent qualification/work experience.
You’ll need to have an interview so we can make sure this programme is the right fit for you.
You’ll also need to complete a health screening, a safety check, and submit referee reports.
If English is not your first language, you must provide: