What you will learn
The New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6) aims to develop competent youth practitioners, who will enter the profession or the youth development sector. The programme provides training and education to ensure graduates meet the established industry competency standards for youth work
- Integrate youth development theories and models of practice in order to respond to the needs and aspirations of young people from diverse contexts and cultures.
- Apply safe, ethical and professional youth work practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people engaging in youth development activities.
- Provide young people with responsive and positive support informed by knowledge of the historical, socio-cultural, economic and political factors impacting them.
- Select and apply a range of evidence-based practices informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori to support the aspirations of young people and build community connections.
- Select and apply a range of evidence-based youth work models of practice, frameworks or strategies to support young people from diverse contexts and cultures.
- Demonstrate leadership in a youth work and youth development context by leading and evaluating a youth development project.
- Critically reflect on and evaluate own youth work practice in a supervision context and engage in self-care to achieve continuous improvement in your own practice
More detail about this qualification
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning Learning is taught in block courses as well as online learning, which you will need to self-manage. This programme uses a number of different teaching approaches to enable the development of skills and knowledge. These may include active learning, self-directed and tutor directed learning, online learning, tutorials, workplace learning (practicum), simulated workplace learning, self and peer assessment, group work, professional supervision, reflective practice
The practical work-based components of the programme prepare students for work as youth practitioners who integrate positive youth development principles into their practice.
The minimum hours for workplace practice for this programme are:
75 hours at Level 5
- YD5107: Entering professional practice
130 hours at Level 6
- YD6211: Design, deliver and evaluate initiatives (50)
- YD6204: Supporting youth participation (40)
- YD6207: Developing professional practice (40)
Te Mana o te Tiriti - Honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi
Matua Mōhio ki te Ao Taiohi - Understanding Youth Development
He Aronga ki te Taiohi - Understanding Youth Culture and Identity
Te Hononga - Building Intentional Relationships
He Haere Kōtui - Promoting Family Whānau and Community Cohesion
Ngā Ahuatanga o te Whakatonutanga - Assessing and Managing Risk
He Aronga ki te Ao Ngaio - Entering Professional Practice
He Aronga ki te Rangahau - Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
Mahi Ngātahi - Working with Groups
He Tautāwhi i te Whai Wāhitanga o te Taiohi - Supporting Youth Participation
He Aro Mātanga - Specialist Practice
Whakawhanake Ngaiotanga - Developing Professional Practice
Whakarite Rautaki mō te Taiohi- Design, Deliver and Evaluate Initiatives
Tikanga Whakahaere Wā Mōrearea - Managing Crisis
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work in vocational roles, disciplines or contexts such as: youth work or youth development in a range of settings such as non-governmental organisations, justice/corrections, social services, residential and community, iwi services, mental health support, peer support, and those that operate in a cultural or faith-based context
NCEA Level 3 or equivalent qualification/work experience and evidence of suitability based on interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports, and evidence of suitability based on an interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports
IELTS 6.00 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent
Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Understanding of, and capability to, work in the professional health and Counselling and Addictions sector
- Commitment and motivation to succeed
Suitability will also be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health/Wellbeing, safety check* and referee reports.
- Students are expected to organise and pay for their own transport to and from placements, as well as travel and accommodation costs to attend block courses.
- Students will also require access to a computer and an internet connection.
- Students are required to complete a minimum of 13 hours of professional supervision over the course of the programme. This is organised and funded by the student ($50-$120 per hour)
How to apply
Applications for this programme close Thursday, 16 December 2021. Applications received after this will only be processed if places are still available.
1. We recommend you apply online from the WelTec website.
2. Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:
- Completed ‘Supplementary Application for Health & Social Service Programmes’
- Referee report: Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days. Please note applications will not be processed until the referee report has been received.
- Verified ID
- Verified official transcripts
- Curriculum Vitae
3. Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and dropped into:
21 Kensington Avenue
Funding your study
Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)
These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit tec.govt.nz for more information about TTAF.
*Safety Check: with the introduction of the Children’s Act (2014), all NZ Diploma in Youth Work students, who may work with children during the course of their study, must be safety checked. Safety checking includes reference checking, work history, identity check, police vet and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children.