Community and Youth Development

What

This programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience to work in community and youth work settings. Through a combination of classroom-based learning and fieldwork placements students will develop knowledge of the methods and approaches used in community, youth and related settings. These methods are used to work effectively with diverse groups in the community and to support positive social change.

Who

If you’re interested in working with children, in finding out how children develop and learn, are eager to study different cultures, languages, and diversity in the world, and enthusiastic about making a difference in children’s lives you will be ideally suited to this programme.

Why

On successful completion of this programme, graduates are equipped to seek employment in different areas of community development and youth work. Graduates can look forward to careers as community development workers, youth workers, programme co-ordinators, project workers, community educators, workers in justice diversion projects, probation service, school completion project workers and co-ordinators, information officers, community liaison officers in local authorities and evaluation and research officers etc.

Graduates may also be employed in a variety of sectors working with youth, marginalised or disadvantaged groups, ethnic minorities, social economy and enterprise projects. On completion of the programme graduates may gain employment in voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations or work with charities or non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) at a national or international level.

How

The programme combines theory with hands on experience and practical skills. Students experience the variety of the early years sector through two placements in distinct early year settings providing the opportunity to link classroom learning with work based practice. Students are supervised throughout placement by an experienced early years practitioner as well as being given on-going support from an allocated college academic supervisor.

“I have chosen to do this course because I have been volunteering in the area of youth and community development in my local community in Ongar, Blanchardstown for about 7 years.

There have always been openings for jobs in this field which I am very passionate about but I did not have a qualification to apply for these jobs.

I found the lecturers very supportive especially as I came back as a mature student. The delivery of lectures was very encouraging so doing the assignments were a lot easier and most of the lectures were ready to help with more explanations in the topics where needed.

The work placements in the second and third years were very practical and related to the theory being taught in college.

I enjoyed my college life in ITB and the experience will remain with me for the rest of life. It has been a turning point in my life. It has increased my self-worth and confidence and a lot of openings for good job is forthcoming.

Priscilla Bress
Community and Youth Development

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