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LAYC runs a busy programme of training courses for youth and children’s workers throughout the year.

Training is free for LAYC member groups’ staff and volunteers. Training is also open to non-members for a small fee (usually £30 per session).

Topics include as child protection, relationships, substance use, autism, mental health, income maximisation, challenging behaviour, trauma informed practice, eating disorders, adverse childhood experiences, first aid, connecting with parents, and more.

Our training programme runs from October-June each year. It is designed in consultation with member groups so we can provide the training that people need. We work in partnership with training providers such as Youth Scotland, Healthy Respect, NHS Lothian, Health Opportunities Team, CAMHS, Edinbrugh Leisure and Alliance Scotland.

Most training lasts for a half day or full day, and some lasts multiple days.

All training attendees receive a certificate.


In 2020/21 we are delighted to be continuing to support young youth and children’s workers through our Inspiring Young Youth Workers programme.

Inspiring Young Youth Workers (IYYW) is a free programme aimed at 18-25 year olds working or volunteering in Youth and Children’s organisations based in Edinburgh, East, Mid or West Lothian.

This programme is funded by The Gannochy Trust.

If you have a young youth or children’s worker in your team who would like to join our IYYW programme, please contact

What We Can Offer

Free training places on LAYC courses
A range of training topics to choose from
A variety of days and times for training
Certification for completed training
Support through training journey from LAYC staff
Training places are limited at each session & LAYC training cancellation policy will operate

What We Expect

You are between 18-25 years

Currently working or volunteering in a Youth & Children’s work setting in Edinburgh, East, Mid or West Lothian

Participation in a minimum of 10 hours of LAYC training