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Qualification and programme overview

This youth work qualification is targeted at new or potential entrants into the youth work sector, including those currently working with youth who would benefit from recognition of their skills in the workplace, and provides a pathway for entry into careers in the youth development sector.

The programme includes developing and/or recognising the following competencies in your staff: 

Section one: Culture and ethics

  • Describing culturally safe Māori operating principles and values.
  • Describing the principles, aims and goals of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa.
  • Demonstrating and applying knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting.

Section two: Connecting with young people

  • Describing selected aspects of human development theory in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Profiling youth in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Working with a young person as a youth worker in the youth development sector.
  • Describing group work and leadership in youth work in the youth development sector.

Section three: Youth work project

  • Describing knowledge of risk management planning in a health or wellbeing setting.
  • Helping plan, deliver, implement and evaluate a youth development project in the youth development sector.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Careerforce Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work is for new or potential entrants into the youth work sector, including those currently working with youth who would benefit from recognition of their skills in the workplace, and provides a pathway for entry into careers in the youth development sector.

Trainees gain their skills and knowledge through on-job learning. The core value of industry-based training is that it sets people up with the right experiences, skills and knowledge. Trainees can earn while they learn, gain nationally-recognised qualifications, will benefit by gaining recognition of transferable skills and knowledge that is valued across the health and wellbeing sector.

Currently there are no enrolment fees for the Level 3 Youth Work qualification (valued at $230 NZD).

The employer usually pays the fees for staff to enrol in these programmes. To enrol in a Careerforce programme, you must be currently employed, and have the support of your employer.

As part of Budget 2020, the New Zealand Government, announced its Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). This fund is designed to encourage and support New Zealanders to undertake vocational education and training in targeted areas. The fund removes costs for a wide range of level 3 programmes through to December 2022.

Contact

To enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3), please call 0800 277 486, email: info@careerforce.org.nz or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor.

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Level 3

Ideal for

  • Youth Worker.
  • Youth Facilitator.
  • Youth Education Programme Assistant/Mentor.
  • Youth Events Coordinator.
Relevant for the following sectors
  • Social Services
  • Youth Work
  • 44 - 45 Credits
  • 8 months
  • $230 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*

The work I do is very satisfying
and rewarding. Every day
is different. Most of the time
I absolutely love it and
go home feeling pretty good.

Jessika Brass - Youth Development Worker