Degree to attract Muslim youth workers

A pioneering course offered at the University of Chester’s Padgate campus is set to combat the shortage of Muslim youth workers. British-born Muslims represent 54 percent of the total Muslim population of almost two million in the country – a quarter under the age of 25. The Muslim youth work degree is the first course of its kind in the country and has received a positive response from Muslims both nationally and internationally. Sadek Hamid, a lecturer with a professional background in Muslim youth work, helped develop the two-year foundation degree course. He said: “Our non-Muslim youth working colleagues don’t always know how to work with the young Muslim population. “Part of the rationale behind this degree is that young people in Muslim communities face a number of socio-economic disadvantages – our course enables students to understand how that has taken place and the best way to work in the community to help address this.