Glasgow 2017 Professional Development Award in Youth Work
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Glasgow 2017 Professional Development Award in Youth Work

Glasgow 2017 Professional Development Award in Youth Work

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Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre

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Glasgow 2017 Professional Development Award in Youth Work SCQF Level 6

This accredited course will offer youth workers and volunteers from youth groups in Glasgow and surrounding areas the chance to undertake a nationally recognised SQA qualification in youth work. It is being delivered by Youth Scotland.

The programme:

The PDA in Youth Work is made up of three units :

  • Understanding and Exploring Youth Work
  • Engaging with Young People
  • Delivering Youth Work

Participants will be required to complete all three units and also to undertake a practical placement within their workplace or the youth club/group where they work/volunteer.

Who should attend?

Experienced youth workers or experienced youth work volunteers, aged 18+ who :

Have a minimum of 1 year’s experience of regularly working/ volunteering in a youth work setting

Currently work or volunteer in a youth work setting in Glasgow or surrounding areas

Are interested in gaining a SQA accredited qualification which will help them to improve their knowledge and skills in working with young people in youth work settings

Are able to commit to a training course which will be delivered on the following dates.

Participants MUST attend all sessions below.

UNIT 1 Understanding and Exploring Youth Work
Unit 1, Session 1 : Sunday 15th Jan 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 1, Session 2 : Sunday 22nd Jan 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 1, Session 3 : Sunday 29th Jan 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

UNIT 2 Engaging Young People
Unit 2, Session 1 : Sunday 19th Feb 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 2, Session 1 : Sunday 26th Feb 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm


UNIT 3 Delivering Youth Work
Unit 3, Session 1 : Sunday 26 March 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 3, Session 2 : Sunday 7th May 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Cost: £150

This course is being heavily subsidised, as the market value of this course is over £500. We will therefore ask participants to sign a commitment agreement, prior to starting the course, countersigned by their line manager/representative of their management committee.Successful applicants will be sent an offer letter by 21st December. Once you have accepted a place, you will be sent an invoice for £150.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please read the Course Information below. You should then complete the application form and submit.

Closing date for applications Monday 19th December at 12 noon

Date to advise successful applicants Wednesday 21st December

Successful applicants will be sent a course offer letter by Wed 21st December and an invoice for £150 fee.

For more information or to discuss the course content, please contact:

Michele Meehan, Youth Scotland michele.meehan@youthscotland.org.uk Tel 0131 554 2561



Glasgow 2017 Course Information INTRODUCTION

The PDA in Youth Work has been designed for those working with young people in a Community Learning and Development context. It is suitable for people who have experience of youth work in a paid or volunteering capacity but who might not have formal qualifications in youth work.

The PDA in Youth Work offers a nationally recognised, SQA accredited qualification at

SCQF Level 6.

In order to complete the PDA, participants will also be observed delivering youth work in their workplace or the group/club where they volunteer.


COURSE STRUCTURE

This course will be delivered by Youth Scotland using course materials developed by Youth Scotland and LAYC.

The course will involve six main delivery sessions designed to build knowledge and skills in working with young people. Participants are required to take part in all six organised sessions of the programme. Participants will also be required to undertake additional research and learning activities in their own time and to compile a learning log / portfolio to evidence their work.

The PDA in Youth Work is divided into three units of work.

  • Understanding and Exploring Youth Work
  • Engaging Young People
  • Delivering Youth Work

Unit 1 will be delivered (or taught) first to introduce participants to the underpinning knowledge they need to undertake Units 2 and Unit 3. Throughout Units 2 and 3, participants must practice developing their youth work skills within their own workplace/ volunteer setting. Unit 3 requires each participant to plan, organise and lead youth work sessions in their own workplace/ volunteer setting.

UNITS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of each unit, participants must demonstrate competence, knowledge and skills in each of the Learning Outcomes.

UNIT 1 Understanding and Exploring Youth Work

The Unit introduces participants to the context, core values and principles which underpin youth work and raises awareness of the issues facing young people and those working with them. It provides underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work.

On completion of the Unit the participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the current context of youth work in Scotland
  2. Outline current definitions of youth work in Scotland
  3. Explain the core values and principles underpinning youth work
  4. Outline the factors which may impact on youth work practice

UNIT 2 Engaging Young People

This Unit is designed to provide participants with an understanding of communication and group work skills necessary to engage with young people in a range of settings.

On completion of the Unit the participants should be able to:

  1. Describe a range of approaches which may be used to engage with young people
  2. Outline relevant communication and interpersonal skills required of the youth worker
  3. Describe group work skills used in youth work.

UNIT 3 Delivering Youth Work

This Unit is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to work with young people in a range of youth work settings. It offers opportunities to develop practical skills and to demonstrate the application of the core values and principles of youth work in practice.

On completion of the Unit the participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the application of core values and principles of youth work in practice
  2. Engage with young people in a youth work setting
  3. Plan, deliver and review a youth work activity

THE LEARNING LOG/PORTFOLIO

Participants will be required to keep a learning log /portfolio to record and evidence their

learning throughout the course. Support on how to complete this log / portfolio will be given.


ASSESSMENTS

Participants will be asked to undertake written assessments at the end of each unit.

Further information and support about completing these assessments will be given.

As part of the assessment of Unit 3, participants will also be observed delivering a youth work activity in their own workplace/ volunteer setting. This observation will be carried out by a suitable person – either one of the course tutors or by a suitable workplace supervisor / colleague.


CERTIFICATION

Once participants have satisfactorily completed all three units of the PDA, the Approved Centre (Youth Scotland) will process the paperwork and SQA will issue the PDA Certificate.


COURSE TIMETABLE

UNIT 1 Understanding and Exploring Youth Work
Unit 1, Session 1 : Sunday 15th Jan 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 1, Session 2 : Sunday 22nd Jan 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 1, Session 3 : Sunday 29th Jan 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

UNIT 2 Engaging Young People
Unit 2, Session 1 : Sunday 19th Feb 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 2, Session 1 : Sunday 26th Feb 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

UNIT 3 Delivering Youth Work
Unit 3, Session 1 : Sunday 26 March 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Unit 3, Session 2 : Sunday 7th May 2017 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Participants will also be observed delivering a youth work session for Unit 3 between

26th March and 7th May 2017.

Assessment Due Dates ( dates assessments have to be handed in by) :

Unit 1 : Friday 10th February 2017

Unit 2 : Friday 12th March 2017

Unit 3: Friday 19th May 2017

A detailed programme for each of the sessions will be given to candidates at the start of each each unit.


SUPPORT

All candidates will be supported throughout the course by members of the staff training team.


SQA REGISTRATION

This is a community – based course, delivered by Youth Scotland and accredited by SQA. Youth Scotland is an SQA Approved Centre and will register all candidates with the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).


COST : £150

This course is being fully subsidised and will be offered FREE to participants. However, we will ask participants to sign a commitment agreement prior to starting the course, confirming their availability and commitment to completing the course. NB/ The market value of this course is £500 and so participants must be fully committed to completing the course and have the full support of their workplace/ place where they volunteer.


HOW TO APPLY : Please complete and submit application form

Closing date for applications Monday 19th December at 12 noon

Date to advise successful applicants Wednesday 21st December

Successful applicants will be sent a course offer letter by Wed 21st December and an invoice for £150 fee.

For more information or to discuss the course content, please contact:

Michele Meehan, Youth Scotland michele.meehan@youthscotland.org.uk Tel 0131 554 2561

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