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Youth Work Qualifications

JNC recognised professional and pre-professional qualifications in youth work
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Professional qualifications

Professionally qualified Youth and Community Worker Range

This range provides the salary grades for professionally qualified youth and community workers who carry responsibility for the delivery, design, and development of youth work. Professionally qualified youth and community workers can also be expected to carry operational management responsibilities.

Pre-professional qualifications

Youth and Community Support Worker Range

The early part of this range provides the salary grades for youth and community support workers who assist in the delivery of operational youth and community work. Workers with these responsibilities will receive leadership and operational guidance from professionally qualified youth and community workers, or where appropriate from those youth and community support workers who carry supervisory responsibility for small projects, such as one night a week clubs (see below).

The later part of this range provides the salary grades for youth and community support workers who work on their own initiative or who carry supervisory responsibility for small projects, such as one night a week clubs. Workers with these responsibilities will receive leadership and operational guidance from professionally qualified youth and community workers. 

JNC expects that youth work staff have access to appropriate professional youth work supervision.

Whilst JNC have identified the minimum qualification appropriate, employers are strongly encouraged to also offer CPD to employees within this range, specifically utilising the available Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice. CPD applied in this way can support those employees wishing to pursue a career pathway in youth work and facilitate transition to professional qualification programmes provided through Higher Education.

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