As a recognised partner of the YMCA George Williams College in London, Informal Learning is able to deliver nationally recognised and accredited qualifications in youth and community work. Typically supporting organisations, we have successfully delivered our training in numerous communities across Yorkshire. We also provide support, advice and mentoring to other organisations looking to strengthen the delivery of youth and community work. In this way we aim to create a high quality and professional workforce for those working in areas of youth and community work.

Level 2 Certificate in Youth and Community Work (ABC)
This involves exploring the personal and professional values required for youth work through advancing the learner's existing knowledge and understanding of the subject criteria, which includes management skills such as responsibility, teamwork and leadership. The course is suitable for anyone working with children and young adults, whether that be members of staff, volunteers or students, and those who complete it will receive a qualification which will enable a natural progression onto the level 3 diploma.

We also offer a short seven-week accredited course which consists of two modules in understanding youth work principle and practice and in safeguarding young people in a youth and community setting.

Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work, Informal Education and Community Learning (ABC)
This involves learners to explore their own values and beliefs, enabling them to engage more deeply with others in their work. The course is suitable for those with current experience in informal education, youth work, mentoring or community learning, who should be able to demonstrate their commitment and ability to engage readily with young people and adults. It is also necessary for learners to show a propensity for justice and a desire to achieve equal opportunity. Those completing the course will receive the level 3 professional qualification.

For more information of either of the two courses above visit:
And for more information on Informal Education, visit:

Non- accredited courses
Informal Learning offers a much wider portfolio of non-accredited training schemes, including ones in child protection, detached youth work, policies and procedures, supervision, personal finance management, employability skills and social enterprise.

We have offered our expertise to numerous organisations including The Saviour Trust and members of Wakefield's Young Lives Consortium, as well as to various new projects across the UK funded through the RANK Foundation. In providing consultancy, training and mentoring to these organisations, we look to enhance the existing skills in the youth and community workforce.

Further Information
If you are interested in attending one of our courses, or gaining one of the aforementioned nationally recognised qualifications, please contact: or the YMCA College.


'The course seemed well equipped to help me begin my new path, and fully support my practice as a volunteer, helping youths with their literacy and numeracy. I was unemployed at the time and my enrolment on the course later enabled me to secure a job' - Level 2 Student.

'The tutors on the course were very knowledgable, welcoming and supportive throughout and always encouraged us to reflect on our own practice. I felt that this really helped develop my self-awareness. Their expert knowledge of youth and community work provided us with good examples to support their teaching and thus our learning. The course was always enjoyable and I would recommend others wanting to further their career in youth and community work to take up the course with Informal Learning.' - Level 2 Student.
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