7 November 2016

This week is the National Youth Agency’s Youth Work Week and to celebrate the successes of youth workers across the country we will be publishing a new story every day this week highlighting the achievements of our Centres and their learners.

To kick off the week, we spoke to Helen Crane Training and Consultancy, which has worked with ABC Awards for more than 10 years to offer bespoke courses to organisations that support young people.

Led by Director Helen Crane, the organisation began offering ABC Awards qualifications after being approached by a number of local authorities who were looking for regulated vocational qualifications to support youth work training.

Helen’s work with local authorities has helped them to improve communication between senior managers and youth support staff and has offered them the opportunity to better understand the needs of the young people and communities they work with.

Helen has also worked with Sure Start centres, schools and voluntary organisations offering a range of qualifications ranging from short courses to a bachelor’s degree, and including our vocationally focused youth work qualifications at Level 1, 2 and 3.

When choosing ABC Awards, Helen said:

“I needed to approach an awarding organisation that offered vocational qualifications and was already familiar with some organisations, but I felt that as I had just set up my company it would be of greater benefit for me to work with someone more personable and supportive.

“The staff at ABC Awards were always at the end of the phone to answer any question or query that I had – and there were many! They also never charged me unnecessarily for fees and work that I did not need.”

Eleven years on, Helen is still offering ABC Awards youth work qualifications and has supported a range of local authorities’ youth work services with their training. Many learners have progressed from the Level 1 Certificate in an Introduction to Youth Work to becoming qualified practitioners at Level 3.

By supporting learners to reach Level 3, Helen has enabled many to become secure in their posts, receive increased salaries and to pursue alternative employment in a range of fields such as education, social services and youth offending.

In her most recent cohort of twenty Level 3 students, two also went on to higher education study, supporting Helen’s belief that the Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice provides an excellent foundation for progressing on to HE studies.

Helen is also an ABC Awards moderator for youth work and has had the opportunity to see lots of different settings where youth work takes place. When asked why she thought youth work was so important, Helen said:

“I believe that youth work has one key aim – to help young people’s emotional and social development in an informal setting.

“Effective youth workers are trained and skilled in developing supportive relationships, offering new and different experiences and opportunities and supporting young people to make a positive contribution to their communities.”

This year, Youth Work Week is focusing on “fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures”. We’d love to hear your thoughts too, tweet to us via @abc_awards and use the hashtag #YWW16.

If you are interested in offering youth work qualifications and would like to find out more, please call our team on 0115 854 1620 or email centresupport@abcawards.co.uk

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