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Passionate about working with young people? Want a career that will make a real difference in their lives?
This program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to work with and support 10- to 25-year-olds.
The role of a youth worker is diverse, with many exciting and challenging career opportunities. You'll learn to develop and facilitate programs for young people through a range of community-based programs addressing the social, behavioural, health and welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.
Teaching staff are experienced and highly skilled professionals currently working in the youth work sector, and the program combines workshops, field trips and practical work placement, so students are immersed in professionally relevant experiences from day one.
Many teaching staff work in industry, so students are exposed to the real world of youth work from their very first day. This access and connection to the community services sector paves the way for placement and employment opportunities for students.
Classes include a combination of:
- work-related learning
- workplace tasks and assessments
- case studies
- group and individual projects
- oral presentations
Assessment occurs through a variety of methods including:
- written reports
- class activities
- work placement observations and tasks
Guest lecturers provide relevant and up-to-date industry information.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
To further develop your skills, you'll undertake an industry placement over the course of the year, complementing what you're learning in class. You will have the opportunity to complete placement(s) through a variety of community youth work services..
RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is aligned with industry needs. This program maintains strong links with the community youth work sector through course design, development, delivery and assessment.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with hands-on vocational practice.
Our graduates are highly sought after for a wide range of positions including those in:
- psycho-social support services, including residential, day program and outreach
- recreational programs
- juvenile justice
- local government
Graduates have also taken their careers overseas, working with agencies such as Oxfam.
Graduates of this program have a range of possible career options and may be employed in roles such as:
- community development worker (youth)
- indigenous youth worker
- recreational youth activities worker
- residential care worker
- youth alcohol and other drugs worker
- youth and family services worker
- youth housing support worker
- youth mental health worker
- juvenile justice worker
Professional recognition and accreditation
This nationally recognised vocational education qualification has been validated by the community services and health industries.
The Certificate IV in Youth Work is the industry requirement to qualify you for work with youth services in community settings throughout Australia.
You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world projects in international contexts. Our students have been leading participants in project teams working with partner organisations in the United Kingdom, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India and the USA.
RMIT’s Global Experience Office (GEO) supports students to undertake exchange or short-term mobility activities with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Fulfil your passion to work with young people
Develop the knowledge to create community-based programs that support young people as part of a rewarding and challenging career.