Sixteen of Scotland's non-formal learning Awards were represented at a special Scottish Parliamentary reception for the Awards Network on Thursday 6 December. The evening provided an opportunity to highlight the achievements of tens of thousands of young Scots who have had their non-formal learning recognised through one or more of the 23 members of the Awards Network.
The event, sponsored by Clare Adamson MSP, was attended by MSPs, representatives from the Awards and other leading figures from the youth work sector. A third of the guests at the reception were young people that are completing or have completed a youth award. MSP's had the opportunity to speak with young people on their experiences of Youth Awards.
In a very challenging climate for youth employment, the reception was a reminder of the opportunities that employers can and have gained as a result of young applicants being better able to communicate the skills that they have to offer.
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said: “The Youth Awards offer young people a real and lasting opportunity to highlight, record and share their positive contributions and achievements as they make their way in the world. Giving young people the chance to build and promote their skills is an important part of planning for their future.
“The awards offer great opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities and challenges. Putting young people in charge of what it is they want to learn and achieve helps to stimulate interest and chimes well with our approach to learning in schools through the Curriculum for Excellence.”