The Youth Work Foundation, an independent charity administered by the National Youth Agency, opens for applications today.
The Youth Work Foundation is making awards available to help support those who want to study for JNC recognised youth work qualifications but where finance is a barrier.
Two types of awards are available; scholarships and bursaries.
The scholarship award is £2,000 and designed to enable a student to access higher education and expand the learning potential of the programme.
The bursary award is £200 and will support study toward a JNC recognised qualification. Funds can be used toward fees, travel or child-care costs, books and resources.
The next deadline for all applications is 30 September 2014.
Michael Bracey, chair of the Youth Work Foundation, said, “I am delighted to announce this help for the next generation of youth workers.
“A considerable number of youth workers come from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds – and many make some of the best practitioners as they themselves have direct experience of the challenges faced by the young people they work with.
“Yet for many the increasing financial burden of study is putting them off getting professionally qualified. I hope these awards will go some way to addressing that, and the sector will be richer, more diverse and better equipped to deliver excellent youth work as a result.”
In order to be eligible for a Youth Work Foundation award, students need to be over 18 years old, have secured a place on a JNC recognised youth work course in England and be either already studying or starting a course within three months. They also need to meet the awarding criteria of being ‘disadvantaged’ (ie their social and/or financial circumstances result in unfavourable and/or restrictive access to education and training).
Application forms and information are available on ywfoundation.org.uk
For general enquiries on the Youth Work Foundation email firstname.lastname@example.org