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The Youth Worker Training Scheme provides small grants to meet informal training needs of youth workers. There is $200,000 available to distribute nationally through Youth Worker Training Scheme.


Ngā Hua / Outcomes

The intended outcomes of the Youth Worker Training Scheme are:

  • effective and capable youth workers
  • valued youth workers
  • well-functioning programmes and projects targeted towards young people
  • networked and capable groups supporting young people.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Priority is given to:

  • courses or seminars that provide certificates of attendance or other recognition of training received 
  • groups or individuals who have limited access to other training funds
  • training events that are open to all youth workers in an area 
  • training programmes that meet the needs of youth workers and their communities.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

The following may request grants from the Youth Worker Training Scheme:

  • community organisations with legal entity status
  • groups or sub-committees that come under the umbrella of a community organisation with legal entity status
  • individuals can apply through their sponsoring organisation.

The Youth Worker Training Scheme has evolved to reflect youth worker training interests, networks and ways of working in different regions around the country. 

The Youth Worker Training Scheme may fund:

  • short-term (one day to three months) courses, conferences, and/or training events that improve youth workers' knowledge and skills
  • short-term (one day to three months) courses which may be a component of a long-term training course, such as a university paper, or polytechnic course module 
  • the national youth work qualifications (workplace assessment) 
  • training for youth workers to gain national standards for youth work called 'Tohu'. 'Tohu' is facilitated by the Youth Workers' Network and is in addition to the workplace assessment arrangements.

There is no closing date for the Youth Worker Training Scheme. The funds to allocate are available from 1 July each year. 

The Youth Worker Training Scheme funding is broken up into regional areas. The regional areas are:

  • Auckland
  • Canterbury/West Coast
  • Central North Island
  • Lower North Island
  • Nelson/Marlborough
  • Northland
  • Otago/Southland
  • Westland

If you are interested in applying for Youth Worker Training Scheme, please contact the regional office in your area. 

Link to Hāpai Hapori regional offices' contact information

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