Registration of youth workers with the Education Workforce Council

Welsh Government proposes to register JNC Qualified Youth Support Workers and JNC Professionally Qualified Youth Workers with the Education Workforce Council (EWC) from April 2017. The EWC replaced the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) and currently registers teachers, learning support assistants, FE tutors and lecturers, and FE support workers.

The Education Workforce Council also has a specific web page for youth workers (external link)

FAQs

• I hold a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) in youth work rather than a Degree - is this recognised as a professional qualification?

If you enrolled on a professionally endorsed programme before September 2010 you could qualify as a professional youth worker by completing the DipHE as this was the qualifying level at that time. Students enrolling in September 2010 or after would need to complete the full Honours Degree.

• I need to find details of my professional youth work qualification obtained in Wales within the last 5 years

We hold a list of current professionally endorsed youth work programmes here

• I need to find details of my professional youth work qualification obtained in Wales more than 5 years ago but after 1994

We hold a list of historical professionally endorsed youth work programmes here

• I need to find details of my professional youth work qualification obtained in Wales before 1994

The National Youth Agency endorsed youth work programmes in Wales up to 1994

• I need to find details of my professional youth work qualification obtained in another UK country or Ireland

The organisations that professionally endorse youth work qualifications in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales work together as Joint ETS Forum.  Joint ETS operates a mutual recognition protocol so if you completed your professionally recognised youth work qualification in one of these countries it will automatically be recognised in the others.

England

The National Youth Agency holds a list of currently endorsed youth work programmes and historical endorsed youth work programmes

Scotland

Details of programmes approved by the CLD Standards Council Scotland

Ireland and Northern Ireland

Details of programmes endorsed by the North South Education and Training Standards Committee

• I've studied (or am currently studying) the professional qualification but left (or will leave) with an Ordinary Degree rather than an Honours Degree - can I register?

No. The Ordinary Degree carries 300 credits while the Honours Degree carries 360 credits. The qualifying level is agreed nationally as an Honours Degree.

• I've got a degree in a related subject - can I register?

No. There are a range of related graduate qualifications, such as sports science, youth studies, arts, sociology etc., which may be used in working with young people.  However, these do not confer a professional youth work qualification. Graduates can complete an endorsed Post-Graduate Diploma in order to become professionally qualified. Systems for recognising prior learning (RPL) are in place so in the first instance contact the training organisations that deliver endorsed youth work programmes.

• I'm currently studying but not yet completed the full professional qualification - can I register as a Youth Support Worker instead?

No. You will need to hold a specific youth support worker qualification. Working towards the professional qualification by completing Levels 4 and 5 will not confer Youth Support Worker status automatically. Systems for recognising prior learning (RPL) are in place so in the first instance contact the training organisations that deliver endorsed youth work programmes.

• I completed a 'local' youth work qualification - is this a recognised Youth Support Worker qualification?

Prior to the development of national vocational qualifications in 2005, part-time youth workers could complete a locally developed qualification. These varied greatly in complexity and volume so it is hard to compare them with today's vocational qualifications. However, they were the equivalent qualification of their time so technically can be included. However, employers may choose not to recognise these if the holder does not have relevant and recent youth work experience. 

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