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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. 

Central North Island

For youth workers in communities located in the areas covered by the Waikato Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council or Gisborne District Council, this Scheme is administered by WERA Aotearoa Charitable Trust as a coordinated regional approach to youth worker training. 

    • WERA oversees delivery of an annual Regional Training Plan that provides a range of training opportunities. Information on WERA’s training courses and Regional Training Plan is available on: http://www.wact.org.nz/
    •  As WERA training is open to all youth workers in this region, there is no additional facility for individual organisations to request grants in the Central North Island region.

Lower North Island

For youth workers in communities located in the areas covered by the Taranaki, Manawatū-Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay or Wellington Regional Councils, this scheme is administered by the Wellington Regional Youth Workers Trust.

    • The Trust represents 15 local areas and over 430 youth workers in the Lower North Island Region.  The trustees are elected by local youth networks.
    • Information and request forms are available on their website: www.wrywt.org.nz

Canterbury region

For youth workers in communities located in the Canterbury Regional Council’s area, this scheme is administered by the Canterbury Youth Workers' Collective: www.cywc.org.nz  and the YMCA South and Mid Canterbury: www.ymcasc.org.nz  

    • Both organisations provide a range of training opportunities for youth workers.
    • As the training provided by these organisations is open to all youth workers in Canterbury, there is no additional facility for individual organisations to request grants in the Canterbury region.

Nelson Tasman Marlborough

For youth workers in communities located in the Tasman, Nelson or Marlborough District Council areas, this scheme is administered by the Nelson Tasman Youth Workers' Collective.

    • The Collective provides a range of training opportunities. For more information, contact: coordinator@ntywc.org.nz 
    • As the Collective's training is open to all youth workers in this region, there is no additional facility for individual organisations to request grants in the Tasman, Nelson Marlborough combined area.

If you - or the organisation you work or volunteer for as a youth worker - are not based in any of these three regions, please contact our office nearest to you for more information or a grant request form:

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. 

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