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I’m interested in the Youth and Community Sector

Community learning and development covers staff working in community based settings. The area comprises seven key areas; community based adult learning; community development; community education; development education; family learning; working with parents and youth work.

Some of the key jobs in this area are:

Community development worker – work within communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life.

Community education officer – community education roles vary widely, but typically involve an element of outreach work to increase participation in mainly informal educational activities.

Youth worker – youth workers promote the personal, educational and social development of young people, typically aged between 13 and 19 (although there are exceptions) and may also work with young people with learning difficulties up to the age of 25.

Youth support worker – these roles are similar to that of youth workers but at a more junior stage.

Youth work manager – activities will involve the management of youth work programmes and youth workers.

Our information sheets for this area will provide further advice and guidance.

009 – CLD -Working in the community in England

010 – YC – Training to work in Youth Work

011 – APYC – Apprenticeships in Youth Work

These factsheets can also be found in our Publications and Resource Directory

Case Studies

Take a few minutes to read the testimonial of Neil Burke – Youth Worker and Joanne Scott – Community Development Worker.

You can also download both these case studies from our Publications Directory here.

We’ve also created a bitesize job profile on Youth Workers.  Have a look here.