Thursday 10th May, 2018

Gap Year and Student Opportunities

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As part of our commitment to supporting young people, now and in the future, Romsey Mill has launched a new initiative to provide training opportunities for anyone who is interested in youth work, as well as a Gap year programme for those who are determining their next steps.

Speaking about the role of youth workers, James Bennett, Romsey Mill’s Programme Manager, said: “Many young people don’t have supportive networks and stability in their life. Youth workers are needed to get alongside them, love them for who they are, support them to overcome the challenges they face, so that they can live fulfilling lives and inspire change in the world around them.”

Over the years Romsey Mill has gained great experience in the training of youth workers.

Since 2002, over 34 youth workers have undertaken a practice placement, as part of their training course, with Romsey Mill, for periods between 1 and 3 years. This has included students who have been on youth work courses with the Centre for Youth Ministry (CYM) - Ridley Hall,  Anglia Ruskin University, YMCA George Williams College and Oasis.

The breadth of opportunities and experiences that a student can be involved in at Romsey Mill creates a great learning environment that is formative, long into the future, providing training for life.

Currently, Romsey Mill employs six former CYM students, four of whom had practice placements with the charity.

Other former students have gone on to establish charities and social enterprises themselves; become CEOs of other youth charities, followed careers in teaching , or been ordained.

Consequently, the experiences and training provided by Romsey Mill, as a Christian charity, in inclusive community based youth work with some of the most ‘at risk’ and vulnerable children, young people and families have impacted numerous communities across the UK and beyond.

James Bennett said: “We want to continue to offer youth work training opportunities, including degree course practice placements in partnership with other learning providers. But we have also wanted to develop a Gap year programme for individuals who are trying to decide their next step. And now we can offer that opportunity.”

James said: “We believe that youth work, inspired by Christian faith, plays an important part in enabling transformation to take place in the lives of young people and their communities.”

“We would like to encourage more individuals to think about youth work as a profession. Investing in the lives of children and young people is massively rewarding and life changing.”

If you are interested in finding out more, check out our Student & Gap Year page for more details:

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Check out our Student & Gap Year page for more details