Ten years of continued success are being celebrated by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Youth Accreditation Scheme which has helped develop the skills of many thousands of young people.
Working with the Council’s award-winning Services for Young People, the scheme has assisted more than 8,000 young people in the last decade towards obtaining qualifications that allow them to undertake accredited youth work.
Developing the potential of young people is the keystone of success for the Youth Accreditation Programme which identifies skills, knowledge and the personal qualities developed by young people following their involvement in one of the schemes.
The development of the Youth Accreditation Team was part of the overall plan to meet objectives and improve the service for young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The Project, the first of its kind in Wales, enabled the youth service to formally accredit young people with nationally recognised qualifications for their achievements outside main stream education, providing tangible evidence of good youth work practice.
Through the dedication and continuous improvement by team members of courses offered to service users, Rhondda Cynon Taf became the first youth service to become its own provider of qualifications and gain Internal Verifier status.
This proves that accreditation bodies such as Open College Network (OCN) Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts (OCR) and ASDAN Youth Achievement Award (YAA) are confident and recognise that the team has the necessary quality standards in place required to deliver, facilitate and coordinate the delivery of high quality accredited courses throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The aim of the service is to expand the range and scope of non-formal and informal learning provision offered to young people between the ages of 11 and 25, with enabling them to gain accreditation for educational opportunities taken up outside mainstream education.
As the project has delivered such a high quality professional service it has been met with an equally high demand. With so many thousands of young people gaining recognised accreditation for their participation in activities, it meets the requirements of Extending Entitlement, The Curriculum Statement for Wales, 14 – 19 Learning Pathways and the agenda for One Wales. This in itself is an achievement not only for the team but also for the local authority as a whole.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Cllr Eudine Hanagan said: “Working in partnership with other agencies, the pathway to qualified youth work is a fulfilling and enjoyable one.
“With ten years of outstanding success, we have assisted over 8,000 young people to gain qualifications towards their youth work. This is a remarkable achievement and many congratulations to all the staff and young people who have committed themselves to various aspects of youth work throughout the years.
”We look forward to the continued successes of this field of accreditation. In Rhondda Cynon Taf we consider the development of young people to be of paramount importance as reflected in the ongoing investment in key areas including Services for Young People and the Building the Future Together programme.
“We are determined to offer young people the very best possible start to life by developing their personal skills and inspiring them to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Services for Young People work in partnership with Glyndwr University and the YMCA Community College to offer the progression route to becoming qualified in youth work. This is done in a series of courses including Level 2 and Level 3 Awards.
The awards are open to full and part time youth workers and also volunteer youth works who are over the age of 16 and are either working with young people or have a placement in a youth work setting.
Courses can run for between 12 and 20 weeks and are based at either Pontygwaith Community Centre, Aman Continuing Education Centre or the Beddau Youth Wing at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School.
For further details contact Angela Davies or Dawn Rees on 01443 744101.