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Launch of new Youth Work Qualifications

Ref : B20-31

Type : New Approval

Date : 20 March 2020

The following new Youth Work qualifications will be operational from 1 April 2020:

A new additional guidance document is currently being prepared by the National Youth Agency to accompany the qualification specifications on NOCN’s website. Once the guidance document is available a link to it will be placed within each qualification specification.

Learners receiving current bursaries may want to complete mandatory units on the current Level 2 and 3 Youth Work qualifications (please note these bursary learners must be registered on current Youth Work qualifications before 31 March 2020) and be transferred to respective new Youth Work qualification from 1 April 2020 to take advantage of optional units in the new qualifications. This is an option and not an expectation and centres choosing not to transfer learners to the new qualifications on or after 1 April 2020 will not be disadvantaged in any way (as long as they have registered on current Youth Work qualifications before 31 March 2020.)

Assessments impacted by COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) has announced temporary amendments to its assessment strategy for Youth Work qualifications, effective from 18th March 2020, due to the continuing impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These amendments will be subject to ongoing review by the NYA as government health advice changes:

There are some qualification units where observation of practice is a requirement, along with completion of activities in a real work environment. This may not be possible for some students now, or in the coming weeks.

To mitigate this the following is possible:

  • For those that have been working in face to face youth work practice environments for the last six months, a signed and dated witness testimony can be accepted for all observation based tasks, even though these might be historic (during the preceding six month period).
  • Delivery programmes can be rescheduled by centres so that any units that require face to face youth work practice will be end loaded, in the hope that there is freer access to working environments in the coming months.
  • All delivery centres are encouraged to adapt their resources to offer them digitally where possible, using creative assessment tools to ensure that people are still able to complete their programmes of learning.

NOCN will issue information and updates as necessary to centres.