£14,040 Average salary at age 20
£28,600 Average Salary
32 Average hours per week


Youth and community workers provide support to individuals or groups of individuals through a range of activities or services that aim to encourage participation in social and community life and promote personal and social development.

Main Tasks

  • Organises social, recreational and educational activities in local community and youth groups;
  • Undertakes the day-to-day running of community centres and supervises the activities of part-time and voluntary workers;
  • Liaises and supports voluntary workers running groups in village halls, churches, mosques and other places of worship;
  • Advises individuals with particular needs or problems through informal discussion, individual counselling or formal group discussion;
  • Helps set up credit unions, encourages parents to establish playgroups, works with other groups to find solutions to shared concerns or problems.


There are no formal academic entry requirements though a minimum age for appointment between 18 and 21 normally applies. Most qualified youth workers possess an accredited diploma in higher education or postgraduate diploma in youth and community work. A majority of qualifying courses are for people aged over 21 years of age. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.

What Youth and community workers studied in higher education

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What Youth and community workers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy3
(L7) Human & social geography1
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology7
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology14
(W1) Fine art1
(X9) Others in education1
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies2
(L2) Politics2
(B7) Nursing2
(L9) Others in social studies1
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine2
(V5) Philosophy1
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education9
(L5) Social work22
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers2
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(P3) Media studies1
(V1) History by period2
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

63300 Workforce Size
4.00% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
9785 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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