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Youth Work Training Opportunity


Unfortunately, due to insufficient numbers this course will not be running at this time. We hope to offer the training opportunity again in the Autumn.

The Diocese of Derry in conjunction with Youth Link are offering a training course for adults interested in leading youth projects. This course will be a Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice and it will run on Saturdays and Wednesdays commencing Wednesday, 4 March in Maghera Pastoral Centre, Maghera, Derry.

OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice 

This training course is particularly suited to those over 18 years of age who have some limited experience in youth work, currently volunteering or working with parish youth groups and want to further develop their skills.

The OCN NI Level 2 Qualifications in Youth Work Practice have been designed to provide the necessary training and qualifications for youth work staff and volunteers who work or intend to work in youth work settings.
Title of course: OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice
Qualification code​:
​Course fee:
​Commencement date:Wednesday, 4 March 2020
​Provider:Youth Link NI
​Location of training:Maghera Pastoral Centre, Glen Road, Derry

Course overview

The OCN NI Level 2 qualifications in Youth Work Practice enable learners to develop knowledge and practical skills to deliver quality youth work. These qualifications can also provide progression opportunities from Award to Certificate and also to a level 3 qualification in youth work. These qualifications are recognised by Ulster University and will assist learners to apply for the Level 4 Certificate in Youth Studies and the BSc (Hons) Community Youth Work. 

Information on this qualification in Youth Work Practice can be found at https://www.ocnni.org.uk/qualifications/ocn-ni-level-2-certificate-in-youth-work-practice-60127788/

Learners must be over the age of 18 and currently volunteering or working in a youth work setting.

The qualification is comprised of 10 units:

  1. Principles and values of youth work practice.
  2. Understand the developmental needs of young people within youth work.
  3. Effective communication skills in a youth work setting.
  4. Understand the role of the youth worker.
  5. Safeguarding young people in a youth work setting.
  6. Managing challenging behaviour in a youth work setting.
  7. Group development within youth work programmes.
  8. Facilitating activity-based youth work programmes.
  9. Planning an activity-based youth work programme.
  10. 1Evaluating activity-based youth work programmes

Each unit is delivered through interactive workshops and assessed by a portfolio of written evidence, which is developed over the period of the qualification delivery. A minimum of 80% attendance is required, although full attendance is recommended due to the participative nature of the workshops.

Training dates

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, 21 March 202010:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, 4 April 202010:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday, 22 April 2020​6:00pm - 9:00pm
​Saturday, 9 May 2020​10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, 23 May 2020​10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, 6 June 2020​10:00am - 4:30pm
​Wednesday, 10 June 2020​6:00pm - 9:00pm
​Wednesday, 17 June 2020​6:00pm - 9:00pm

Application form

To apply, please download the application form below.

The completed application form along with the course fee of £90:00 should be sent to:

Yvonne Rooney
Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader
Derry Diocesan Catechical Centre
The Gate Lodge
2 Francis Street,
Northern Ireland
BT48 7DS

Telephone: 0044 (0)28 71 26 4087

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