A group of Youth Workers from Waterford and Wexford received QQI level 5 minor awards at an awards ceremony in Waterford on November 19th. The learners completed modules in Working with Young People and Team Working and were volunteer and paid staff from Youth Groups in Waterford city and county, New Ross, Wexford and Ramsgrange.
The modules were a joint initiative of the WWETB’s Community Education and Youth Affairs sections and ran in partnership with the main Youth Work providers in Waterford and Wexford: FDYS, South Wexford Family Resource Centre, Youth New Ross and Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service.
The Youth Workers involved were already engaged in Youth Work for a minimum of 2 years and this is aimed at upskilling the learners and with potential to progress to the professional Youth Work qualification in Carlow IT. The initiative is also to be linked to similar projects in Croatia, Holland and Canada.
This initiative is part of the support to voluntary Youth Work organisations as outlined in the 2013 Act that establishers the ETBs. Michael O’Brian, Innovation and Development Manager, WWETB pointed out at the awards ceremony that, “The non formal educational approach of Youth Work has potential to create links between young people at community level and the Further Education and Training sector”
The learners are currently working on the Understanding Youth Work module with further modules planned for 2017.