Course spotlight: Diploma of Youth Work

Posted by Virginia on 5 February 2016

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After an overseas adventure where he spent time working with troubled young people in the UK, Jackson Raymond was inspired to become a youth worker. On return home he enrolled in ACAP’s Diploma of Youth Work and began studying the one-year full-time course this year.

“While living in London, I worked as a learning mentor at a special education school. I took part in various aspects of youth work, such as child protection conferences, child advocacy work and counselling,” said Jackson.

“Once I moved back to Australia, I knew I wanted a similar role, but I needed qualifications and experience in youth work. ACAP seemed like the best place to get that.”

Supervised work placement makes up 210 hours of Jackson’s studies, providing the hands-on participation essential for work-readiness in the field.

Jackson’s plan after graduating in 2016 is to become a youth worker and then go on to study a Bachelor of Social Work.

The Diploma of Youth Work is available on campus in Sydney and online, with regular workshops held at ACAP's Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses.

Career options for youth workers include roles as case workers, positions at youth refuges, in juvenile justice, mental health, in schools and disability care.

Find out more about ACAP’s Diploma of Youth Work and the career opportunities available in this rewarding sector of community service.