youth justice

Apprenticeship: Youth Justice Practitioner

Unitas is delighted to offer the Level 5 Youth Justice Apprenticeship standard in addition to our range of youth justice vocational courses.  The typical training period for the standard is 18-25 months and the apprentice will be supported by our own experienced youth justice in-house team of learning coaches and tutors.

The delivery methods will include access to our unique digital materials, bespoke regional or online workshops to support the apprentice learning experience as well as online and in-person support visits to the workplace.

Immediate starts available!

For further information contact us on 01603 570365  

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The Youth Justice Practitioner Apprenticeship is approved as an entry route for the validated Unitas BA /BA (Hons) Youth Justice level 6 progression route.

This provides the opportunity for Unitas apprentices to continue their studies to degree level.


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What our students say

What our students say

“I hadn’t been in education for over ten years, since being at school, and I didn’t have much confidence. I’ve done the Foundation Degree now, while working full-time in a prison, and came out with a distinction, which I never thought would be possible. I’m now doing the Managing and Coaching module to get a Bachelor’s. I’ve actually achieved something, and the graduation was brilliant!”

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice graduate

We decided to embrace the Youth Justice Practitioner L5 Apprenticeship and offer a progression route to the BA Honors in Youth Justice as this allows for parity with our social work colleagues.
We have created a new role profile of Youth Justice Practitioner which mirrors that of our social workers as a relatively short period of learning (typically 18-25 months) was required as a result of learning gained whilst undertaking the Youth Justice Apprenticeship course.
After a lot of internal interest from staff already employed, we underwent a selection process and appointed our first apprentice. Going forward, we intend to have an ongoing programme of offering apprenticeships to our staff to help them develop and progress as well as enabling us to retain our staff.

Ian Taylor, Service Manager, Plymouth Youth Justice Service – Nov 2023