LYNC Programme

LYNC – Linking Youth to New Careers Programme (GAP & CONNECT) – Assistant Youth Support Worker

The Education Authority (EA) is please to announce an exciting new programme – Linking Youth to New Careers to provide opportunities to for individuals from a range of backgrounds to develop the skills to be a Youth Worker.

The aim of the LYNC GAP and CONNECT programme, in line with the NI youth Work Curriculum is to  provide innovative, informal learning opportunities whilst developing nurturing relationships, inspired through the dialogue between the youth worker and young people. This in turn supports young people to make positive decisions and life choices towards being the best that they can be.

The programme will develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills of young people aged 18-25 years old, through training and paid work experience, whilst they are supported by professionally qualified youth workers.

Participants will attain EA recognition at the Youth Support Worker level qualification, relevant personal and youth work skills training and accreditation over an 8 month period from November 2020 – June 2021.

Please note however, there is no guarantee of a paid post on completion of this programme.

The GAP Programme is aimed at engaging 46 young people, across Northern Ireland aged 18-25 who are at University entry standard and have secured a place at University or Further Education and intend to pursue a career in the field of youth work or education.


Applicants can be from within the youth service membership, however this is not a necessity. You will have to demonstrate you have a commitment to working with children and with young people in an education or youth work setting and have a commitment to volunteering.

The CONNECT programme is aimed at engaging 54 young people across Northern Ireland aged 18-25 years old who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s (grades A* - C) or equivalent or higher, one of which should be English (essential skills level 2 is accepted as an equivalent to GCSE English) and want to receive work experience, either to increase a personal statement to apply to further education, or to gain employment.


Applicants must be a registered youth service member, volunteer or part-time youth leader (attend,  volunteer or work in any form of youth provision, for example a youth club/centre, area based youth provision, a Girls Brigade group, a Boys Brigade group, a Scout group, a Guide group or a church based or community youth group).  


Applicants will have to demonstrate they have evidence of a commitment to working with children and young people and have a commitment to volunteering.

Find out more about the role here

Key Dates

Anticipated dates for the selection process are as follows:

Closing date
5 October 2020
Week commencing 5 October 2020
Selection Panel Interviews:
Week commencing 19 October 2020

Apply Now