How young Territorian’s make things happen
Education and Training:
To become a youth worker you usually have to complete a VET qualification in youth work, youth justice, community services work or child, youth and family intervention. As subjects can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further details. You may be able to study through distance education.
You can also become a youth worker by studying community services work, social science, counselling or a related field at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your NTCET with English. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
You can also become a youth worker through a traineeship in Youth Work, Youth Justice, Community Services Work or Community Services Advocacy. Entry requirements may vary but employers usually require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
See the entries for Community Worker, Social Worker and Welfare Worker for further information.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Community Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
Introductory training is available as a volunteer through Scouts, Guides, church groups and special welfare programs (e.g. Youthlink, Lifeline or YMCA/YWCA). In addition, some employing agencies offer in-service training for new employees in areas such as street work, counselling, group work and information services.
In order to work with children in the NT, you also need to obtain a Clearance Notice. See www.workingwithchildren.nt.gov.au for more information. A current drivers licence may be required, and applicants may have to undergo a criminal history check.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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Youth workers are mainly employed in social welfare organisations and government departments that provide community services.
There is considerable demand for this occupation, although employment opportunities and job security are often dependent on government funding.
For Further Information:
Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
(02) 9212 0500
Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council Ltd
Northern Territory Correctional Services - Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre
(08) 8922 0400