8 November 2016

Youth Work Week is a national initiative set up by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and celebrated annually by youth organisations across the country – and wider too, with Commonwealth Youth Work Week also taking place at the same time from 7 – 13 November.

In keeping with the NYA’s theme this year of “fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures”, we spoke to Surrey-based The LifeTrain Trust which works with young people at risk of growing up without the skills needed to progress in life.

The education and personal development charity works with more than 2000 young people every year to help them improve their self-esteem and gain the skills they need to get back on track and improve their life chances.

The team at The LifeTrain Trust, led by Director Sue Wilson, delivers the full suite of ABC Awards youth work qualifications, including the Level 4 Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People, which helps learners to assess situations in which young people may be particularly vulnerable.

The qualification supports people working with young people in developing effective relationships and understanding the importance of safeguarding, with optional units in specialised areas including supporting young people who are asylum seekers and young people with mental health issues.

The LifeTrain Trust has been offering this suite of youth work qualifications with ABC Awards since 2003 and has developed a strong team of tutors whose success is evident in their learners’ 100% pass rates.

The organisation has been the preferred provider of youth work qualifications to Surrey County Council for more than 10 years, and is currently working with Slough Borough Council to train a group of young youth work apprentices. In 2015, The LifeTrain Trust was also awarded grants to run a mobile youth centre, the Bus-Shelter, locally in Surrey.

Sue Wilson, who is also a moderator for ABC Awards, was involved in the early stages of developing the youth work qualifications. She said:

“We preferred the flexible and supportive approach ABC Awards was offering. As with any new qualifications we needed support and help, which is what we got from ABC Awards.

“Our main challenge was putting in the infrastructure of qualified assessors and internal quality staff to underpin the youth work qualifications. Our experience of this led to us wanting to train our own team, which is why we now deliver teaching, assessor and quality assurance qualifications with ABC Awards too.”

Sue has also recently been part of a team at ABC Awards working with the NYA and Education Training Standards England to make the qualifications available to younger learners.

The Level 2 qualifications in Youth Work Practice are now available for learners from the age of 14 in England, with the Level 3 available to learners aged 16 and over, making youth work a more accessible programme of study for schools as well as colleges and independent training providers. View our full suite of youth work qualifications here.

You can read more about how we worked with the NYA to redevelop our youth work qualifications here.

If you would like to find out more information about delivering our suite of youth work qualifications, please call 0115 854 1620 or email centresupport@abcawards.co.uk

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