A new youth work apprenticeship programme provides an attractive pathway into the youth work sector for school leavers.

Jane Zintl manager of Korowai Tupu o Ara Taiohi, the professional association of youth workers is very excited to see the launch of the apprenticeship programme, developed by industry training organisation for the health, wellbeing and disability sectors, Careerforce.

“As a sector, we’re very committed to the upskilling of the workforce, and this apprenticeship will provide a great qualification pathway for many youth workers.”

Korowai Tupu contributed to the development of the Youth Work Apprenticeship as a qualification which recognises youth workers and also provides an attractive pathway for school leavers into the sector.

“Young people will often listen to young people, and we need more young people to see that working in the youth work sector can be a very fulfilling, lifelong career option,” added Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer of Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development.

Careerforce Apprenticeship Manager, Penny Rogers says the new Youth Work Apprenticeship programme provides youth workers with the strategies and tools to support young people to identify goals, address barriers and achieve aspirations.

“We’re very appreciative of Ara Taiohi and youth work employers who informed the development of this apprenticeship programme. We are also pleased that it supports the youth work sector’s journey towards professionalisation.”

The apprenticeship programme leads to the award of an NZQA recognised qualification at Level 4. There are funding options available for apprentices including the Careerforce Apprenticeship Kickstart and Government Fees Free.

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