EA Youth Service Trainee Youth Support Worker Scheme

‘Earn as you learn’ scheme for 18-25 year olds who wish to gain training and experience in youth leadership.


Scheme Overview

The aim of this scheme is to support young adults who wish to work within the Youth Service through the delivery of youth work training and direct experience working in a youth work setting. 

You will have opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge supported by EA tutors, a placement supervisor and a scheme coordinator.

The scheme is delivered over a set period and with a maximum limit of hours, this is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which can be downloaded with an application form.

Training Programme

All participants on the programme will receive training in:

  • Youth Support Worker Qualification
  • Child Protection Awareness Course
  • Moving Ahead with CRED Course
  • Emergency Basic First Aid Course
  • 2 skills-based courses (e.g. games)

Participants will also be able to select additional courses based on their needs 

Placement Programme

All participants in the programme will be allocated a placement within a Youth Centre or Youth Project setting, during which they will receive support from their placement supervisor and scheme coordinator. Placements are allocated based on preferences selected on your application from. The minimum expectation will be two 3 hour sessions per week.

Earn as you Learn

All participants on the Scheme will be paid per hour for attendance on training courses and during their placement within a youth work setting. Residential costs for the Youth Support Worker Qualification will also be covered. Training dates are included in the Candidate Information Pack and participants must confirm their full availability for training.  Failure to attend all elements may result in the termination of your participation in the Scheme

Access NI Requirement

This scheme is considered a regulated activity working with young people. As such participants who are successful will only be offered a placement when a satisfactory Enhanced background check has been completed. EA will pay the costs for this check

How to get involved

EA Youth Service will be hosting information and induction evenings for people to come along, get more information, and apply for the Scheme.

Council Area




Enquiries Telephone  

Lisburn & Castlereagh

Tuesday 26th 


Laurelhill Youth Centre            

028 9056 6862

For more information contact:

Anita Duff (Senior Youth Worker/Team Leader for training)
Tel. 028 90600271 or 07976555145

What to bring with you for the induction & information evening;

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your Home address and postcode
  • Your Telephone details
  • Reference details information (two required, please seek their consent prior to attendance)
    • Name
    • Organisation
    • Position
    • Address
    • Telephone Number
    • Email address
  • Relevant Identification for Access NI check (Download PDF below for number of and list of accepted forms of ID)
Last updated: 20/11/2019