Working in the Youth Work Sector

Youth workers support young people and their whānau by helping them develop quality relationships and build healthy connections. Through guidance on education, training and employment, youth workers support positive youth development.

Careerforce offers nationally recognised qualifications and opportunities for youth worker training. Whether you are new to the sector or want to explore on-the-job training options, Careerforce can help you find a youth work qualification that works for you.

Explore our Qualifications for the Youth Work Sector

The youth work sector can provide a fulfilling career pathway and an opportunity to make a positive impact on the youth in your community. Through Careerforce, you will find a range of qualifications to support the youth work sector’s move towards professionalisation. These include level 3 certificates through to level 6 diplomas.

Support your Youth Work Employees with On-the-Job Training

Careerforce can support you to enhance your workforce’s skills and knowledge through our well resourced, on-the-job training programmes.

A Careerforce Workplace Advisor will work with you to determine which qualifications are right for your workforce. Together, we’ll develop a comprehensive training plan and discuss steps to set up your training. We will also guide you through funding opportunities to support the growth of your employees.


I have always wanted to make a
difference in young people’s lives,
especially at the young age from
11 to 18 years old. They often
come from fractured homes and
without role models to guide them.

Philip Nuu | Youth & Cultural Development Senior Youth Worker

Work News & Articles

20 September 2019

Careerforce Celebrates 25 Years

On Thursday 19 September, Careerforce celebrated its 25th anniversary. On this day, back in 1994,...
29 July 2019

The road to 100% trained and qualified youth wo...

Trained and qualified youth workers are essential to ensuring young people are well-supported to ...
News Event
15 November 2018

Industry training is the better investment

'Via industry training, we are investing in skilled and passionate people,' says Careerforce Inte...
6 November 2018

New Employer Newsletter – Skills for Good

We’d like to introduce the first issue of our newsletter for employers – Skills for G...
12 September 2018

Work experience helped student pave a career path

“When I finished [work placement], it opened my eyes to what I really wanted to do,” says Victori...
22 August 2018

Challenges within the emerging & connectin...

Lisa Hann reflects on her participation at the Involve 2018 and talks about the potential challen...
6 March 2018

Apprenticeships not just for the trades as yout...

MEDIA RELEASE 6 March 2018 “The youth work sector is very excited to see the launch of Careerforc...
7 July 2017

Southland youth worker supports her community

Youth worker Rachel Whiteman knows how important it is for young people to feel that someone has ...
2 November 2015

Innovation needed to upskill the health and wel...

Careerforce introduces apprenticeship training in the health and wellbeing, disability, mental he...
17 September 2015

Kaiawhina Workforce Programme – Taking Action Now

Work is already underway in the health and disability sectors towards achieving the Kaiawhina Wor...
6 August 2015

Increase staff training efficiencies with a new...

A new training plan model has been developed in response to industry feedback with regards to res...

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