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WARNING: This course will change your life!


Belong. Believe. Become.

Find your why. Live on purpose. Make a difference to your generation.

Have you got lived experience that could make a difference to your peers or the life of children & teenagers?


Would you like to find out what YOUTH WORK is all about to pursue as a career ?

There are numerous progression opportunities that come from volunteering & attaining a youth work qualification & experience...everything from mentoring to sports coaching to working in a school, or going on to pursue a career in youth justice etc.


The LAB is an innovative & inspiring Introduction to YOUTHWORK course - a  L1 certificate for young people  / young adults aged 16-24 years as part of the Preferred futures offer at Stoke on Trent college


The course is an inspirational combination of classroom learning & practical youth work placements facilitated by the SOT youth collective movement culminating in a graduation event with special guests.



Students will be expected to commit to a 16-week course: approx 10 hours per week classroom time and between 1-3 hours a week within a practical youthwork placement across a selection of diverse youth focused multi- agencies around the city, to provide youth work ‘tasters’ and give an insight into future youth work pathways for employment.

The course will include:

Youth Work modules, Maths, English, & Employability Skills and Students on the course will be assessed on an ongoing base within the classroom & also practical placement - there are currently no exams to undertake as part of the qualification.

Youth work units cover:

  • Finding your Why

  • Introduction to youth-work

  • Youth Culture

  • Understanding the teenage Brain

  • Safeguarding & pastoral care

  • Legislation

  • Creative engagement

  • Leadership

  • Professionalism

  • Communication

  • Managing challenging behaviour

  • Gangs & County Lines 

  • Human / child trafficking

  • Child sexual development

  • Youth Justice

  • Trauma informed practice  


Location (based over two sites):

- Stoke on Trent College Cauldon Campus 

- Ruff & Ruby Youth Charity at The Potteries Centre, Hanley.


07812 774 632



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