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Youth Work Training in Wales - 
some facts and figures from 2016-17
This infographic provides background information on training for youth workers that is professionally endorsed by ETS Wales on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth & Community Workers (JNC).

For youth workers, this ensures that programmes of training are of a high quality, and are relevant to the needs of employers, youth workers and the young people they work with. Qualifications are also transportable across the UK and Ireland.
Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice (pre-JNC)
Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice
Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice
Level 7 PgDip Youth & Community Work
Level 4-5-6 BA(Hons) Youth & Community Work
Higher Education
Further Education
Youth work training programmes
At Higher Education level ...
Universities in Wales that offer BA(Hons) and PgDip youth work programmes
  • The following universities offer endorsed youth work training:
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Glyndwr University, Wrexham
  • University of South Wales, Newport (USW)
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen (UWTSD)
  • (note the Open University ceased to recruit from 2016)
Please note: Data from the Open University is not included as their BA programme is being discontinued. They currently have 18 students
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Youth work students...
There are currently over 300 students studying at HE level
Where do students practice?
  • Private sector
  • School support / school managed
  • Other professions eg Social work
  • Community work related
  • Project based / target funded work
  • Voluntary sector Youth Service
  • Local authority sector Youth Service
Completion rates and Awards ...
Read the full report on annual monitoring ...