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LAYC runs a busy programme of training courses throughout the year, covering topics such 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. 

Training is free for LAYC member groups’ staff and volunteers. Training is also open to non-members for a small fee (usually £30/£50 per session).  

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.

Take a look at our training brochure linked below. Please be advised that the following courses are now fully booked:

  • Supporting Relationship Training in Out of School Settings
  • Trauma Skilled Practice: Level 2. Trauma and its Effects. 
  • Trauma Skilled Parctice: Level 2. Relationships Matter and Supporting Recovery from Trauma.


LAYC aims to support young youth and children’s workers as part of our main training programme thanks to support from The Gannochy Trust.

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.

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

Participants will be supported to share their learning – either by delivering new opportunities in their practice or by sharing learning with colleagues

Participation in a minimum of 10 hours of LAYC training

Participants will complete pre and post Young Youth Workers questionnaires

Organisations will complete pre and post Inspiring Young Youth Workers questionnaires.