Under the Education & Training Board Act, ETB’s have been given responsibility to “Support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support.” (Education and Training Boards Act 2013, Section 10 (1) (j).)
Youth Work is unique within the ETB sector in so far as it was once housed within the Department of Education however with the establishment of the Dept. Children and Youth Affairs it has moved homes. There have been exciting developments in the Youth Work sector with the establishment of a full Ministry under James Reilly and the establishment of the Child and Family Agency (TUSLA).
Louth and Meath Education and Training Boards have two Youth Officers. At the moment Ian Walker is based in Dundalk and Elma McMahon is based in Navan.
Youth Officers are also responsible for administering the Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded Local Youth Club Grant Scheme to voluntary groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides, Macra na Feirme etc. In 2014 LMETB granted just under €80,000 to approximately 150 clubs.
LMETB Youth Officers are also responsible for implementing the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) for Youth Services. There are two projects in Meath currently undertaking the NQSF – Meath Youth Federation and Involve. In Louth there a further two projects undertaking the NQSF Youth Work Ireland Louth and Dundalk Youth Centre.
Click here for more information in the NQSF In terms of Quality Standards.
LMETB are also responsible for ensuring that all voluntary groups adhere to the Quality Standards Framework for Voluntary Youth Groups. Where a group is affiliated to a parent body like Foroige, Arch Clubs or Scouting Ireland – the parent body will be working with the local group to help them. Louth and Meath have a number of unaffiliated youth groups and the youth officers will be working with them directly.
Click here for more information on the Voluntary Youth Club Standards.
LMETB delivers training for Youth Club leaders. This training varies from Level 4 Youth Work Component Certificate, Level 5 Youth Work Certificate (Full Award) and other training courses.
If you currently volunteer in a youth group and would like to increase your understanding of young people and improve your skill set in order to offer them more, then an opportunity to study youth work might be what you’re looking for.
LMETB Administrative Offices
Tel: 042 933 4047