Youth Work Worth a Qualification in Itself
Byline: GARETH EVANS
LEARNING TO BE OFFERED IN BOTH WELSH AND ENGLISH A QUALIFICATION to provide youth workers with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to work with young people has been launched in Wales.
Representatives from lifelong learning charity Agored Cymru and YMCA Community College Wales marked the occasion with Deputy Children's Minister Huw Lewis.
The Merthyr AM presented youth workers from a variety of sectors with the first batch of certificates, developed as part of the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) in Wales.
The Agored Cymru qualification is delivered in partnership with YMCA Community College Wales specifically for Welsh learners.
Youth work in Wales is funded differently from other countries in the UK and historically, its beginnings are rooted within the voluntary sector.
The Minister said: "I applaud Agored Cymru's efforts to meet the needs of learners in Wales and create and accredit qualifications that respond pro-actively to Welsh education agenda, particularly when it diverges from that in England. "Its engagement with YMCA Community College is welcomed, especially in light of recent challenging times for business and industry throughout Wales. The college is the first centre to use the qualification, which will undoubtedly be well received by employers throughout Wales."
Agored Cymru develops qualifications and accreditation opportunities for a range of learners who need a flexible and customised curriculum to help them succeed.
In particular, the organisation seeks to make a difference to individuals, who may have had, or are having difficulty engaging with traditional learning.
The qualification is delivered in a variety of settings, is open to anyone over 19 who has worked with young people for 12 months or more, and has the benefit of being able to be sat in English or Welsh.
Credits from the youth work qualification offered by Agored Cymru are taught at a comparable standard to A-level, and learners can use the mark to progress in higher education.
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Publication information: Article title: Youth Work Worth a Qualification in Itself. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: August 5, 2010. Page number: 9. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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