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Full Membership

An organisation is eligible to join as a Full Member if it can demonstrate that it:

  1. Offers an individual learning award for people within the age range of 10 - 25 years...
    • The age range of 10 – 25 is inclusive of the ages of 10 and 25. Members may also be offering awards to candidates out with this age range, but the majority of candidates should fall within this age range.
    • Learning Awards must be able to demonstrate that they have assessed learning outcomes consistently across delivery.
  2. Uses a youth work approach...
    • The Awards Network uses the definition of youth work described in the publication Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work, YouthLink Scotland (2009).
    • Particular reference should be made by applicants to how their award(s) demonstrate the three essential and definitive features of youth work.
  3. Confirms a commitment and acceptance of responsibility to further the work of the Awards Network.
  4. Operates Scotland wide...
    • A young person living in any geographic area of Scotland should have a reasonable option to participate.
    • A track record of awards achieved in at least 16 Local Authority areas over a period of 3 years prior to the date of the application.
    • Awards that are in the pilot stages of development are ineligible to join.

Associate Membership

This category of membership provides an inclusion opportunity to those organisations offering awards that do not yet meet the criteria of Full Membership but do use a youth work approach.

Associate Members will include organisations that 

  • aspire to Full Member status but whose awards do not fully meet the related geographic reach requirements at the time of application
  • are building the presence and availability of more recently launched awards 

An organisation is eligible to join as an Associate Member if it can demonstrate that it:

  • Offers an individual learning award for people within the age range of 10 - 25 years 
  • Uses a youth work approach
  • Can demonstrate a commitment and responsibility to further the work of the Awards Network

Associate Members attend Awards Network Meetings by invitation and have no voting rights.

Affiliate

The category of Affiliate provides an inclusion opportunity for organisations that offer:

  • awards with a specific local or Regional locus (confined to e.g. specific Local Authorities or within the geographic parameters of a RIC) and / or
  • a relevant niche and specialist programme of non-formal learning and / or 
  • a relevant Nominated Award and / or
  • otherwise do not meet any of the above membership criteria, but might be deemed to offer beneficial association to further the Purpose and Vision of the Awards Network

Affiliates may attend Awards Network Member meetings from time to time by specific invitation and have no voting rights

Strategic Partner

Strategic Partnership can be offered to key agencies that do not meet the criteria of Full or Associate Membership. Partners would be required to demonstrate a commitment to the ‘Purpose’ of the Awards Network and to supporting the work of the Network.

Further information on membership and responsibilities can be found in The Awards Network - Purpose and Operating Framework