Education Authority Launches Trainee Youth Support Worker Scheme

Monday, 15th April 2019

The Education Authority (EA) has launched a Trainee Youth Support Worker Scheme for young adults aged 18 to 25 years old which aims to support those who wish to work within the Youth Service through the delivery of youth work training and direct experience working in a youth work setting.

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The scheme will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge with support from EA tutors, a placement supervisor and a scheme coordinator whilst acquiring experience in the delivery of youth work in centres across Northern Ireland.

Successful applicants will be paid per hour attended on training courses and during placement within a youth work setting. EA will also provide transport to attend all the training elements of the programme as well as covering residential costs for the Youth Support Worker Qualification.

Participants will receive training on the following course; Youth Support Worker Qualification, Child Protection Awareness, Moving ahead with CRED, Emergency First Aid and two skills based courses

EA Head of Youth Services, Stephen Dallas, said:

“This innovative programme will provide young people, aged between 18-25 years, with the opportunity to access training over an 18 week period developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to equip them to work as a youth support worker across a range of youth settings.

“Trainees will earn as they learn, complete leadership training and will work on two evenings per week in an exciting local youth project not only gaining experience but accessing support from a professionally qualified youth worker.

“This is an excellent opportunity to embark upon a new career which is rewarding, fulfilling and gives you the opportunity to contribute positively to society working alongside young people who need us most.”

EA will be hosting a number of information sessions to provide more information to participants interested in applying for the scheme. Information sessions will take place on the following dates:

Council Area Date Time Venue  Enquiries
Ards & North Down Wed 8 May 2019 7-9pm Ards Arena Youth Centre 028 9056 6862
Lisburn & Castlereagh Thurs 9 May 2019 7-9pm Laurelhill Youth Centre 028 9056 6862
Belfast

Mon 29 Apr 2019

Wed 1 May 2019

Thurs 2 May 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

7-9pm

Hammer Youth Centre

Finaghy Youth Centre

Colin Youth Development Centre

028 9035 2774

028 9598 5602

028 9598 5602

Causeway Coast & Glens

Mon 29 Apr 2019

Thurs 2 May 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

Limavady Youth Centre

Sunlea Youth Centre

028 7035 2279

028 7035 2279

Fermanagh & Omagh

Tues 30 Apr 2019

Tues 30 Apr 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

Omagh Youth Centre

Lakeland Youth Centre

028 8241 1486

028 8241 1486

Mid Ulster

Tues 30 Apr 2019

Tues 30 Apr 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

Magherafelt Youth Centre

Cookstown Youth Resource Centre

028 8241 1486

028 8241 1486

Armagh, Banbridge Craigavon

Wed 8 May 2019

Thurs 9 May 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

Epicentre Armagh

Brownlow Youth Resource Centre

028 3751 2342

028 3751 2342

Derry & Strabane

Wed 8 May 2019

Wed 8 May 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

Derry Youth Office

Strabane Youth Resource Centre

028 7131 3444

028 7131 3444

Mid & East Antrim

Mon 29 Apr 2019

Tues 30 April 2019

7-9pm

7-9pm

Ballykeel Youth Centre

Sunnylands Youth Centre

028 2586 1725

028 2586 1725

Antrim & Newtownabbey Wed 1 May 2019 7-9pm Glengormley Youth Centre 028 2586 1725
Newry, Mourne & Down

Wed 1 May 2019

Tue 30 April 2019

12 – 2pm

12 – 2pm

Hub, Southern Regional College, Patrick St, Newry Campus

Main Hall, South Eastern Regional College, Downpatrick Campus

028 3025 1515

028 3025 1515

 

After completion of the programme applicants will be able to apply for Youth Support Worker posts within the Education Authority. Participation in the scheme does not guarantee you a paid position on completion of the programme.

A number of different positions are available in youth centres across Northern Ireland and the scheme is delivered over a set period of time and with a maximum limit of hours, which is outlined in the candidate information pack.

For more information on the scheme visit the EA website at – https://www.eani.org.uk/services/youth-service/youth-programmes-opportunities/ea-youth-service-trainee-youth-support-worker or contact the EA Senior Youth Officer (Training) directly on 02890 566430.

Last modified: 19/04/2019