Youth Worker Training

For the Central North Island

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is a government agency that serves and connects people, communities and government to build safe and prosperous communities. Their investment is in the Youth Worker Training Scheme, which is provided to see the training and development of Youth Workers in the Central North Island (CNI). Through this partnership and delivery of this service by WACT the outcome is a level of improved competence and professionalism in youth work practice.

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Training Schedule


Supervision and Self-Management

About the Workshop
This is a new training need identified by Youth Workers as something they want support in. We have received repeated requests around the sustainability of Youth Workers and understanding the steps to maintaining a healthy Youth Work practice. The wellbeing of Youth Workers has been highlighted especially with the level of issues they are facing when working with young people. As we enquired further with this need, we understood it was more focused on supervision they can access in their current roles as compared to supervision generally. Whilst this is the case, understanding where and who they can access to get the support and supervision they require is still a priority for this strategy.

Workshop Details
Date: Thursday 2nd April
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: REAP, 73 Titiraupenga Street, Taupo

Career Planning Process

About the Workshop
Career planning and understanding the passion and vision of youth is a new training priority identified this year. There has been repeated request from various providers around how to help young people identify their passions and career options. This extends to understanding the dreams and supporting youth to think big and explore who they are and where they want to go. The areas requested for training include the following:

  • How to do career assessment and planning
  • How to draw out of the young person their passion and dreams
  • How to include whanau

Workshop Details
Date: Thursday 4th June 2020
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: REAP, 73 Titiraupenga Street, Taupo


Youth Worker Collective Establishment

About the Workshop
There is a strong call for the establishment of a Youth Workers collective in each area we held the Regional Hui (Whakatane, Tokoroa and Rotorua). It was recognised that there are a lot of politics in the Youth Work space which creates barriers to working together. Youth Workers who gave feedback actively communicated their frustrations with this and are keen to overcome these barriers/politics with the aim of providing a full and complete service. As a result of this Youth Workers expressed their enthusiasm to support this although it may not be in the form of training and development but more facilitation of collective discussions. Due to this, establishment of Youth Worker collectives in these areas is a priority for this coming year

Workshop Details
Date: Tuesday 28th April 2020
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: WACT Rotorua, L1 1163 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua

Maori Culture and Youth Work

About the Workshop
The inter-connection between Treaty of Waitangi and bicultural practice results in the merger of both into one training programme. Feedback received shows a continual need to incorporate this training into this prioritised list of training for Youth Workers in the CNI. There has been a growing interest in not only learning more about the relationship between the Treaty and bicultural practice but effective application of these principles in both Youth Workers and their related organisations.

There is also a request to review Te Whare Tapa Wha, Tikanga and Te Reo Maori understanding and how it can support youth engagement and Youth Work practice. The focus of this is to strengthen youth identity by way of their culture, celebrating who they are and where they come from. This is therefore a priority identified by Youth Workers for this year focusing on the following:

  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Tikanga and Te Reo Maori
  • Cultural Identity

Workshop Details
Date: Friday 8th May 2020
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: WACT Rotorua, L1 1163 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua

Youth Suicide

About the Workshop
Youth suicide has been constant in all feedback received. The issues Youth Workers have identified and request support in include the following:

  • How do we know when a young person is suicidal?
  • What do we do when we’ve identified someone considering suicide?
  • What resources are out there that can help us work with youth and suicide?
  • What steps do we take when we know a young person is considering suicide?
  • How do we approach whanau about suicide?

Workshop Details
Facilitator: Kevin Hollingsworth
Date: Tuesday 30th June 2020
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: WACT Rotorua, L1 1163 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua


Working with Whanau

About the Workshop
Working with whanau is a new need not identified previously revealing the expanded issues of working with young people. Working with whanau includes a range of areas that Youth Workers have requested as follows:

  • How to rebuild whanau in cases of youth trauma eg. suicide?
  • How to generate a sense of belonging in whanau the youth come from?
  • Domestic violence and Youth Workers response
  • How to generate a sense of ownership and connection for the young person?

Workshop Details
Date: Tuesday 26th May 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Innovation Park, Conference Room, Level 1, Ruakura Road, Hamilton


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