Youth workers play an important role in helping to support, nurture and shape the future of youth within our communities.
Jobs and Skills WA define a youth worker as someone who “helps young people develop the skills to make positive changes in their lives.” They do this by providing a range of services to youth depending on their individual issues. These services can include:
Youth workers can also organise community education and recreation programs on behalf of local governments and advocate for young people on public issues such as health and education.
Youth work courses online
If you want to play a part in shaping the lives of youth within your community, there are youth work courses you can study online to get the qualification you need.
TrainSmart Australia offer a specific CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work course online that’s nationally-recognised and will equip you with the specialist skills you need to build strong relationships with youth and mentor them to reach their full potential.
The course covers a range of essential knowledge and skills including:
- Identifying and responding to children and young people at risk
- Developing and implementing service programs
- Planning and conducting group activities
- Working with people with mental health issues
How much do youth workers get paid?
According to the Australian Government’s JobOutlook website, welfare support workers, which include youth workers, can expect to be paid around $1,084 per week. The Australian Government predicts “very strong” future job growth for welfare workers in Australia over the next 5 years – from 52,300 in 2017 to around 63,900 by 2022.
As a youth worker, you can work in a range of areas including:
- Public health care
- Social assistance
- Youth residential care
- Youth liaison