Qualification and programme overview

The Youth Work Apprenticeship programme will provide youth workers with a broad understanding of the wider social context in which they work in and provide them with youth work specific skills and knowledge. This programme is designed for those who are already in employment as a youth worker who may be experienced or new to the role.

Careerforce connected and consulted with the youth work sector peak body and other lead youth workers and youth work employers in the development of this programme. The content will continue to be informed by the needs of those being supported and other youth work sector developments.

The programme includes developing the following core competencies:

  • creating a safe environment for young people.
  • mentoring and supporting young people to identify goals and action plans.
  • developing, implementing and evaluating a youth development project.
  • identifying and practising professional and ethical behaviour.
  • engaging and communicating with people, family and whānau who are accessing social services in a manner which respects their socio-cultural identity, experiences and self-knowledge.
  • developing relationships and supporting a goal of improving outcomes for people accessing services.
  • demonstrating a knowledge of kawa and tikanga and the ability to relate the unique place Māori have as tangata whenua of Aotearoa in their role.
  • understanding New Zealand’s health and wellbeing challenges and the impact on their role.
  • displaying self-awareness, reflective practice and personal leadership in the workplace.
  • actively contributing to a culture of professionalism, safety and quality in the workplace.
  • gaining an in-depth knowledge of a condition or impairment and situation or issue and applying the new knowledge to the young person they support.

The Youth Work Apprenticeship enables youth workers to support the young person’s autonomy using tools and strategies to identify goals, address barriers and achieve aspirations.

Visit our Apprenticeship pages to learn more about health and wellbeing apprenticeships.

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* This programme presently has free enrolment via the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)


To enrol in the Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Social and Community Services) Community Facilitation strand specialising in Youth Work, please call 0800 277 486, email: or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 4

Ideal for

Youth Workers

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Social Services
  • Youth Work
  • 120 Credits
  • 18 - 24 months
  • $2000 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*