Acting on Workforce Development: How Youth Scotland’s vital work provides support and training for the community-based youth work sector
This report demonstrates that funding Youth Scotland and its training programme ensures youth work providers are prepared to meet the complex needs of today’s young people and to deliver high-quality, often life-changing youth work services.
We know that young people and families in Scotland are facing unprecedented challenges and community-based youth work has a critical role to play in buffering the impact of poverty, the rising cost of living and the growing mental health and wellbeing crisis among young people in the wake of the pandemic.
However, concerns are growing that the support systems and training available to youth workers have been dramatically reduced or withdrawn around the country. With a reputation for providing high-quality training and a network reaching 10,700 youth workers (including 6,632 volunteers) supporting 97,000 young people, Youth Scotland is uniquely positioned to continue to upskill the youth sector across Scotland.