Youth work courses


CYPNow has reported that a lack of funding and a shortage of placements are posing problems for providers of youth work courses. There is concern that changes to the teaching grant, which will take place from September 2012, “will mean that relatively unprofitable courses such as youth and community work may struggle to survive.” (There is already evidence that this is happening, with YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, campaigning against a proposal by Strathclyde University to close its community education course.)

The CYPNow report also suggests that cuts in public spending are having a negative impact on youth work placements. NCVYS has seen additional evidence from youth work course providers to support this view. Youth work course institutions are reporting problems securing the practice placements, and it is suggested that this may be because employers receive no grant or financial benefit for providing a youth work student placement.

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