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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 240
Subject Area
  • Society and Culture » Human Welfare Studies and Services » Youth Work
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the youth work sector with youth workers who have specialised skills and knowledge and attitudes to support young people, and lead and support youth workers.

This qualification is intended for people who want to specialise in youth work practice.

Graduates will be able to work autonomously and contribute to positive youth development outcomes in diverse and complex contexts.

Graduates will uphold positive youth development approaches and practice that are informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Youth Work Codes of Ethics, Mana Taiohi, current positive youth development approaches, frameworks and legislative requirements.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Integrate a broad range of positive youth development theories and models of practice in order to respond to the needs and aspirations of young people from diverse contexts and cultures.
- Analyse and apply a range of evidence-based indigenous frameworks and youth work practices informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori to support the aspirations of young people.
- Develop and apply a specialised approach to provide young people with responsive and positive support informed by sociological, historical, economic and political factors impacting them.
- Integrate and apply a range of evidence-based youth work models of practice, frameworks or strategies to support young people from diverse contexts and cultures.
- Uphold Youth Work Codes of Ethics and Mana Taiohi principles to integrate and apply ethical and professional youth work practices to ensure the safety, mental health and holistic wellbeing of young people.
- Use project management skills to develop, lead and evaluate a youth development project.
- Critically reflect on, analyse and evaluate own youth work practice in a supervision context and engage in self-care to achieve continuous improvement in own practice.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the following:
- New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 5) [Ref: 4795]
- New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Practice/Applied Practice (Level 5) [Ref: 3244].
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Health Work, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services [Ref: 2992].

Graduates may progress into higher level qualifications within the Youth Work/Development sectors and other related fields.
Employment pathways
Graduates will be qualified to work in advanced vocational roles working with young people and supporting colleagues.

Roles may include managing, leading and reporting on staff and all aspects of the organisation: programmes, projects and events delivered by peer support groups, youth service agencies and community, education or marae or faith-based groups.

Graduates may seek employment in youth work or youth development in a range of settings such as non-governmental organisations, justice/corrections, social services, residential and community, counselling, iwi services, mental health support, peer support, and those that operate in a cultural, education or faith-based context.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 3 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Toitu te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3803
Status Current
Created March 2018
Next Review December 2027
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