ENYAN Youth work student numbers fall to record low

The number of youth work students has fallen sharply to their lowest level on record, with courses continuing to struggle to recruit men, latest figures have shown.

The National Youth Agency’s (NYA) monitoring of professionally validated youth and community work courses found that 673 students were recruited in 2015/16, compared with 793 the previous year

This is just under half of 2009′s figure of 1,277 and down 278 on 2011′s tally of 951. 

On average, higher education institutions managed to recruit 97 per cent of their expected target, however, of 51 programmes monitored just 14 met or exceeded this target and nine failed to recruit any students.

But while the figures are the lowest on record, the drop of 15 per cent is not as bad as had been previously feared. In May this year, incomplete data for 2015/16 suggested that the number of students undertaking courses had dropped 28 per cent to 572.

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