Individual Recognition For Youth Workers In N.Ireland With 15+ Years Experience

Have you been a professional Youth Worker since before January 2006?

The North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS) has approved a process so that those who do not hold Youth Work qualifications (and therefore do not hold an NSETS-endorsed award) but who have been continuously engaged in professional youth work practice for 15 years or more can apply for a statement of individual recognition.

This statement of individual recognition will act in the same way that programme-level recognition does for graduates of NSETS-endorsed awards, allowing them to apply for posts in an equitable manner.

Criteria for Eligibility:

In order to be eligible, individuals must have been in professional employment in youth work:

(a) prior to the establishment of NSETS in January 2006, and

(b) on a continuous basis since then.

Evidence Required

To be considered for NSETS Individual Recognition you must be able to provide evidence that you were in professional employment* in youth work:

  • For at least two of the five years prior to 1 January 2006 (pre NSETS establishment), and
  • For at least two of the five years prior to the date of application.

* Professional employment would here include, as well as face-to-face youth work practice, (i) management of such practice and (ii) education and training for such practice. In all cases employment should be at least 50% part-time.

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