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SYA continually adapts its curriculum to respond to the changing needs and interests of young people

Training for Young People

SYA’s Challenge Awards

Completing the SYA Challenge Award is the perfect way for young people to build life skills that will stay with them forever. The best bit is that any young person in your youth club over 11 years old can complete the challenge – either on their own or as part of a group!

Young people will be placed into ‘Award Groups’ with their peers and will meet other young people from Shropshire and surrounding areas such as Shrewsbury and Telford, encouraging support from one another on their journeys.

Workshops covering a number of topics specifically selected for the Challenge Award, and for young people, are available to attend. Following these, the young people will be tasked with designing their challenge and mapping out how they will achieve their goals.

Our project workers will be there to offer a helping hand throughout the Challenge, from ensuring their goals are manageable and realistic to celebrating when the Challenge is completed!

UK Youth Challenge Award Poster

Young Leaders Training (Funded by The Big Lottery)

Are you over 13 and interested in becoming a young leader? Maybe you know someone who is? If so, this is the course you’ve been looking for!

You will spend two days enjoying interactive workshops led by youth workers, improving your self-confidence, and learning how to help current Leaders run your youth club. Who knows, it could be you running the youth club and organising youth events next!

General Young Leaders Training Poster_Flyer 

Young Health Champions Workshops Flyer

Young Health Champions  General

Youth Forum Poster

UK Youth Parliament 23 January



Training for Youth Workers

Child Exploitation On-line Protection (CEOP) (£10)

A one-day course for people working or volunteering in youth clubs and groups to learn about how young people can stay safe online. You’ll get a certificate at the end and this course can help to gain a Gold Award for your youth club!

Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Training (£15)

An opportunity for youth workers to gain a greater understanding of substance misuse in young people – from the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body to learning alternative, ‘street’, names and how to offer young people help. This course will also help to gain a Gold Award for your club!

Detached and Outreach Work (£250)

Do you provide youth support and want to expand your knowledge on detached and outreach work? Don’t worry, you’ll have everything you need after just two sessions. Learners can also gain accreditation from this course.

Food Hygiene (£35)

For workers at youth groups and clubs, a Level 1 Food Hygiene Course is needed in order to be able to cook and handle food during sessions. Thankfully, we can provide you with one – and it only takes 4 hours! Upon completing this course, you’ll have an understanding of storing food safely and the ability to cook safely during your club sessions.

First Aid (£65)

As a minimum requirement for anyone working at any youth event, club or group, this one-day course will provide you with the necessary skills to manage an emergency and cover the basics of First Aid such as dealing with:

      • Unresponsive and/or non-breathing patients
      • Choking
      • Bleeding
      • Seizures
      • Burns

Raising Awareness in Safeguarding (Free for all affiliated groups)

This Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) course helps youth leaders to identify their own roles and referral pathways to ensure safe working practice. Once the course has been completed, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Training Calendar 2022

Youth Work Courses

Level 2 (£400 for non-voluntary groups)*

Level 2 is aimed at voluntary leaders and youth workers in training who would like to improve their youth support skills and develop their knowledge of working with young people.

Units include:

      • Engaging and communicating with young people
      • Safeguarding
      • Theory of group work
      • Young people’s development


Level 3 (£1,800)*

Level 3 is for youth leaders to be able to gain a nationally recognised qualification in youth work. You must already be working in a youth work environment, such as a youth club or youth charity and have completed Level 2

Units include:

      • Group work within youth group settings
      • Working with challenging behaviour in young people in youth work settings
      • Reflective practice
      • Work based practice
      • Understanding how to manage staff when working with young people

*NB. Prices may be subject to change.

Level 2 and 3 Poster with dates

To apply for a Level 2 or Level 3 award, for more information or to discuss any other training needs, please contact Kerry Williams at and she will be happy to help.

Call us: 01743 730005

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