Youth Workers and Volunteers Develop Their Skills

Our first SQA accredited course, the PDA in Youth Work, is well underway with the group of volunteers completing the first unit (Engaging With Young People). So far they have enjoyed the new learning experience and some of them having to work hard at starting to learn again after a few years of not formalising any of their learning. Others are more nearer leaving school age so are still in the learning and assignment groove!  

Logo_SQA_Approved Centre_CMYKThe Personal Development Award (PDA) in Youth Work has been designed for those working with young people in a community learning and development context. It is suitable for people who have experience of youth work in a paid or volunteering capacity but who might not have formal qualifications in youth work.

The delivery of the course is carried out in a classroom/group work setting with set assignments. The first unit teaches the candidates the methods and techniques of working with young people, communication and interpersonal skills necessary for youth work, risk assessment methods and confidentiality issues associated with this type of work.

Candidates have been working on their assignments, which include structured questions and reflective accounts. The following unit with deal with understanding and exploring youth work, history and theory of youth work , roles and responsibilities and policies involved in working with young people

So far the comments from the participants are as follows:

“[I’m] feeling so much more confident in doing the work I do.”

“This course is reinforcing to me that I’m doing the right thing.”

“[I’m] feeling so overwhelmed. [I never knew there was so much to youth work.”

“[I’m] loving how we discuss and hearing other peoples experiences in our small breakout groups really helps me learn. ”

“I’m going to uni to follow this up.”

“Getting things on paper is the hardest part for me, but I’ve done it and starting the writing was a huge thing for me.”


This course will continue to be rolled out again in November, if you want to hear more about the course please get in touch with or find more information on our website.


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