QQI Accredited Training
Youth Theatre Ireland has been providing training in youth drama facilitation practice since 1999. In 2007, our ArtsTrain programme received accreditation for 2 FETAC modules in 2006.
In 2013, our accreditation moved to Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI is the state agency responsible for promoting the quality, integrity, and reputation of Ireland’s further and higher education system. Through this training course, Youth Theatre Ireland offers learners the opportunity to achieve all or part of the NFQ Level 6 Certificate in Drama.
Full programme information is available here.
Current accredited training provision
Due to budgetary constraints Youth Theatre Ireland have not been in a position to offer the full award listed above. In 2019, in partnership with Creative Ireland, it was proposed that Youth Theatre Ireland would offer training in 2 component level 6 modules.
This training aims to meet some of the need left by the loss of the full time Artstrain programme and support the training and development of emerging practitioners in line with our strategic goals.
The component modules are:
o Engaging with Drama
Key topics covered across the training options include:
Explore facilitation practice which promotes the active participation of young people and values their voice in the planning and delivery of activities
Support youth theatre facilitators to recognise and respond to young people’s needs, interests, and potential
Support youth theatre facilitators to plan workshops and activities which support young people’s development
Assist youth theatre facilitators to plan an annual programme of activities which support young people’s progression
Promote a facilitation practice that is inclusive in ethos and supports the participation of all young people
Child Protection Awareness Training (Certified through the NYCI Child Protection Programme)
Mentorship and training on Child Safeguarding Statements & Risk Assessments and Child Protection Policies
Mentorship and training on Recruitment and Garda Vetting (including how to access the Youth Theatre Ireland Garda Vetting Consortium)
‘How to Set up a Youth Theatre’ information sessions
Mentorship and training on governance for Independent Youth Theatres (including charity registration)
Mentorship and training on good youth theatre management (including health and safety, liaising with parents/guardians, membership registration and consent forms, insurance, GDPR, finance etc.)
Mentorship and training on recruitment of youth theatre members and inclusion
Mentorship and training on fundraising and applying for grants
For further information on our accredited training opportunities please contact Dave Kelly, National Training Co-Ordinator on Dave@youththeatre.ie