A major new Youth Worker Bursary Fund has been announced by the National Youth Agency (NYA) as part of a national initiative to open up career pathways in youth work. In its first year the fund will widen access and secure youth work training with up to 450 bursaries (Levels 2 & 3) working through the NYA’s regional partners.

Leigh Middleton, NYA Chief Executive,  said “NYA is delighted to open a new fund for youth work training. Investing in people and growing the youth workforce is critical to rebuild youth services across the country. The bursaries will open the door to a new generation taking their first steps to become a qualified youth worker. This goes hand in glove with our national review of the curriculum and qualifications for professional youth workers and trained volunteers. It is a fitting legacy of this year’s Youth Work Week which has showcased just how inspirational and rewarding youth work can be, transforming young people’s lives.”

If you are interested, you can register your interest by filling in the form on the NYA website