- Harrington, J, director, National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa, Careers New Zealand interview, August 2013.
- Karr, P, policy manager, Ministry of Youth Development, Careers New Zealand interview, November 2013.
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2013.
- Te Moananui, J, special projects manager, Te Kaiāwhina Ahumahi (The Social Services Industry Training Organisation), Careers New Zealand interview, January 2009.
Youth WorkerAlternative titles
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Rangatahi Development Worker
- Youth Advocate
- Youth Facilitator
- Youth Leader
- Youth Pastor/Minister
- Youth Support Worker
Youth workers work with people under 25 years of age and their families, and provide services that help support a young person's development. This usually involves helping young people build healthy connections with family, peers, and community, and by providing guidance in education, training and employment.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
Demand for youth workers has increased because more organisations have recognised the importance of providing specific services to young people.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates that the number of youth workers increased by about 13% between 2010 and 2012.
Broadening of youth worker role creates more job opportunities
The role of youth worker has broadened to have a stronger focus on positive development programmes.
Government agencies, such as Child, Youth and Family's Youth Justice Residences provide good entry level positions, usually casual work, for youth workers. There are also some opportunities in Police youth departments. However, most youth work opportunities are in the not-for-profit sector.
Volunteering increases your chances of getting paid youth work
A good way to get a paid job as a youth worker is to first volunteer your services; this allows you to get hands-on experience.
For example, 24-7YW is a growing youth initiative that works as a partnership between local churches and schools to place volunteer youth workers in schools.
Youth workers can work for a range of organisations, including:
- government agencies
- not-for-profit organisations and charitable trusts
- local authorities such as city and district councils
- marae and spiritual/religious-based organisations
- schools, universities and polytechnics
- community facilities, youth clubs and drop-in centres
- corrective institutions
- national youth organisations.
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Progression and specialisations
Youth workers may move into social work, counselling or teaching with further training.
They may specialise in working with Māori or other ethnic communities.
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Updated 22 Sep 2014