Do you want to provide life-changing support to young people in your community? Would you like to become a role model that can inspire the next generation? This apprenticeship provides opportunities to break into a crucial and really rewarding sector. 

This apprenticeship teaches you practical skills you’ll need for a successful career in youth work. You’ll develop a deep understanding of youth issues and learn how to provide support to a wide variety of young people. Youll learn best practices and valuable tools from experienced professionals in the sector.  

You could work in government, charity, education, mental healthcare, physical care and many other valuable roles. Help vulnerable adolescents regain their purpose as a support worker. Create a group of supportive and like-minded individuals as a youth service manager. Share transformative skills and knowledge as a community education coordinator. 

However you want to make a difference in youth work, this apprenticeship gives you the training you need to create the largest positive impact possible.        

What's the qualification?

You will gain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification at either SCQF level 5 or 6 in Youth Work. This apprenticeship includes: 

  • Practical youth work SVQ modules alongside key skills training 
  • Additional enhancement modules at SCQF level 6 that provide additional training in leadership, coaching and first aid 
  • Hands-on industry experience working with young people and industry professionals 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you could learn how to:   

  • Develop trusting and beneficial relationships with young people 
  • Assist young people in achieving their goals 
  • Empower young people to share their ideas, beliefs and vision for the future 
  • Educate youth on protecting their health and wellbeing 
  • Connect young people to the wider community 
  • Encourage young people to take on responsibilities and develop their skills  

You will also learn a set of essential core skills: 

  • Communication 
  • Numeracy 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Information and communication technology skills 
  • Teamwork  

These core skills are not just applicable to the youth work sector. They will also support your development in a wide variety of related sectors including healthcare, social services, government and media. 

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship provides a range of potential career options to successful graduates. You can develop your youth work abilities further in formal education or begin working in the sector immediately. 

Further education: Gain a higher-level understanding of youth work to progress into more senior job roles. Qualifications that you could undertake after completing this Modern Apprenticeship include the Higher National Certificate in Working With Communities and the Professional Development Award in Youth Work. 

Straight to work: Use your youth work qualification to secure a job in the industry. This apprenticeship could lead to employment in the following jobs: 

  • Youth Worker 
  • Support Worker 
  • Community Education Coordinator 
  • Outreach Worker 
  • Youth Service Manager 
  • Family and Youth Worker 

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. It's beneficial to have previous youth work experience and/or favourable references from previous employers. You'll also need to pass a disclosure check. 


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-18 months to complete at SCQF level 5 and 18-24 months to complete at SCQF level 6.  

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