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Child and Youth Counselling Certificate

Have you ever wanted to work in an area that allows you to help and support young children? Have you ever felt a passion for showing care to young people, and making a lasting impact in their life? Maybe this even resonates with your own children? Ther...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Youth work +11
Careers Collectiv -  Course
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Counselling Certificate in Adolescents & Young Adults

Have you ever wanted to work in an area that allows you to help and support adolescents and young adults? Have you ever wanted the opportunity to work with young people in society and support them as they face their toughest challenges during the most...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Career Prospects +6
Careers Collectiv -  Course
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Certificate IV in Youth Work CHC40413

Open Colleges’ CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work will give you the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to step up and make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young people (in general those who are 12 – 24 years of age). Lea...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Community Development Youth ... +7
Open Colleges -  Course
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Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413

The Diploma of Youth Work is the preferred industry qualification for the youth services industry in Australia. Youth workers are passionate about helping young members of society achieve their potential. This course would suit those who are looking to...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Case manager +6
Open Colleges -  Course
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Certificate IV in Youth Work (VIC ONLY) CHC40413

Great news, the Certificate IV in Disability has two intakes in 2021. One for those already employed in the industry (night classes) and one for those who are looking to enter the disability sector (day classes). For our daytime class, The Gordon will...

Study Method In-class
Location Geelong Victoria
Job Outcomes Youth case worker +3
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC

Do you have a young person aged 15 or over, with special learning needs or learning difficulties? This unique program is designed to give the support and skills needed to gain employment or progress onto further study. It also offers students the oppor...

Study Method In-class
Location Geelong Victoria
Job Outcomes Teacher +1
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

Certificate I in Transition Education 22567VIC

Do you have a young person aged 15 or over, with special learning needs or learning difficulties? This unique program is designed to give the support and skills needed to gain employment or progress onto further study. It also offers students the oppor...

Study Method In-class
Location Geelong Victoria
Job Outcomes Pre-apprenticeships +3
The Gordon Institute of TAFE -  Course

What is youth work?

Youth workers are skilled professionals who work with young people to support, education and help their social and educational development. Through encouraging positive changes and assisting young people with their lives, youth workers play a crucial role in the community.  Youth work is often available in a variety of settings, including:

  • Corrective and juvenile centres
  • Community centres
  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres

Youth workers all have the same aim in their jobs: to improve the social and emotional development of young people in an informal educational setting. Through reinforcing positive values and decision-making, youth workers are very important in setting up children for their future. Many youth workers also deal with child protection and rehabilitation support, by being a reliable support for children from broken families and poor upbringings.

Youth Work in Australia

Youth work in Australia is always going to be in demand. With over 49,000 currently employed in the profession, strong growth is expected over the next few years. By 2019, it’s suspected that there’ll be up to 62,800 welfare support workers in Australia.

New South Wales also provides the most youth work jobs in the country; with 32% of all workers in that state alone, followed by Victoria and Queensland. Almost 75% of youth workers are female and most are between the ages of 34-44. The most common youth worker qualifications is a Bachelor degree, followed by a Certificate IV, such as the Certificate IV in Youth Work.

Youth Worker Jobs

There’s plenty of youth worker jobs and related positions available in Australia. They include:

  • Community Services Officer
  • Mental Health Counsellor
  • Community Corrections Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Disability Service Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Worker
  • Child Services Officer
  • Family Counsellor
  • School Guidance Counsellor

Youth Worker Qualifications

To become youth worker in Australia, you will need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or a Diploma qualification in youth work, counselling or community services. You can also have completed at least 3 years of on-the-job training. A VET qualification, such as one of the many youth work courses at TAFE, is very common in this industry. Two in five workers have a VET qualification under an Advanced Diploma.

Most youth work courses will require work placement, which is an essential part of gaining the experience and knowledge required to give kids the very best support.

If you want to be a part of this extremely important sector and help change the lives who need your support, browse through the youth work courses available today and find one that suits you. 

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