Recruitment FAQs YAP2020-05-21T16:38:48+01:00


I’m not qualified in working with young people or families. Can I apply?2021-12-17T11:30:57+00:00

Youth Advocates come from all walks of life and do not need to have a qualification. On the application form you should tell us about how your life experience, volunteering or work experience makes you suitable for the role and why you want to work for us.

How long will it be before I hear from YAP after I fill out the application?2019-12-04T11:06:29+00:00

All applicants whether successful or unsuccessful should expect to hear from YAP within two weeks of the closing date for application which you will find on the advert.

If my application is successful what will happen?2019-12-04T11:08:04+00:00

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to first stage interview. The first stage interview is conducted as a group discussion about young people and families in our society. You will be part of this discussion with other applicants and be asked to share your views. Two YAP Team Leaders will facilitate this group discussion along with a young person. You will be assessed during this discussion, but you will not be competing against other applicants as we are recruiting for a panel of various types of people.

If I am successful at first stage interview what will happen?2019-12-04T11:12:36+00:00

You will be invited to second stage interview. This is a face to face interview with a panel containing at least 2 Managers, a young person and in some areas a manager from TUSLA.

If I am successful at second stage interview what will happen then?2020-05-21T17:01:42+01:00

You will be invited to attend the YAP Training Programme. This takes 5 days to completed and is usually broken down over three weeks. All candidates must complete the training to be considered for a match. This includes four days of core module training and one day of Child Safe Guarding and Awareness Training.

Where will the training take place?2019-12-04T11:23:12+00:00

Depending on your location you may need to travel to the nearest training centre. We have 8 offices nationwide, these offices cover multiple locations, to see where is the nearest location to you please go to our Contact Us page and click on your county.

Will I be paid for training, travel or accommodation?2019-12-04T11:33:00+00:00

YAP Ireland will not reimburse candidates for travel or accommodation to attend training or interviews. Training attendance hours will be paid for candidates when they are matched  with a Young Person. As the recruitment and training process is quite long this may be some months. There is no guarantee that we will find a suitable match for everyone, so no person should incur costs that they are not prepared to cover themselves.

What is indemnity?2019-12-04T11:36:34+00:00

All Employees of YAP Ireland are required to have a full clean driving license and valid Car Insurance and NCT. You will also be asked to provide a letter from your insurance company that indemnifies YAP should you be involved in a car accident while working for YAP. Some insurance companies will charge for this letter and it is important to note that YAP Ireland does not reimbursed employees or applicants for this cost. As stated above no person should
incur costs that they are not prepared to cover themselves.

Are Advocates paid in their employment with YAP Ireland?2020-05-21T15:43:56+01:00

Advocates are paid an hourly rate of €14.71.

What is the role of an Advocate?2020-05-21T16:57:42+01:00

The role of the Advocate is to support young people and families to build their resilience, achieve their goals and establish local links by working with community partners. These collaborative efforts strengthen both community and family.

Am I Guaranteed a match?2020-05-21T16:38:23+01:00

Every attempt is made to match every Candidate on the Panel. However, it is completely led by the Young People who are referred to us and to their particular need, so for this reason it is not always possible to match 100% of Candidates.

Why is there a need to recruit Advocates on a regular basis?2020-05-21T16:57:15+01:00

Having a pool of Advocates with varying skills is important to the success of the YAP model. It also allows us to match the right person to the needs of the young person and family.


The training and experience gained by Advocates through employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for you and your communities.

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