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Parents and Carers

Awards Network for Parents

Young people have the right to be successful. Parents and carers have a responsibility to make a positive difference by supporting and encouraging young people to reach their potential. Learning outside of school, such as through youth work awards, is as important as formal learning.

 

The development, learning and experiences that young people gain in youth work situations… can have a positive impact which is lifelong…(providing) young people developmental opportunities as well as the ability to lead, take responsibility, make decisions…

– National Youth Work Strategy 2014 – 2019, YouthLink Scotland, 2014

 


 

Youth Work Awards

The Awards Network is a forum of providers of non-formal learning awards across Scotland. We work together to promote and recognise the achievements of young people through youth work awards. We value young people’s voluntary effort to develop their own skills and improve the communities around them.

 

Young people achieve awards across all areas of our community, from youth clubs and uniformed organisations to schools and outdoor spaces, care work and campaigns. Awards can be local, national and international. They can be supported by paid staff (CLD / youth workers, teachers) and by volunteers, and can be self-guided by the young people themselves. They can lead to credit-rated qualifications; nationally recognised programme awards; or nominated awards that celebrate exceptional achievements.

Why is it important to recognise young people’s achievements?

Because young people say so

Young people value awards programmes for fun, friendship, challenge, new skills and experiences that look great on a CV. Many young people want to engage in their communities and improve the quality of life for people around them. Personal reward is not the motivator, but the possibility of using their experience towards a recognised Award and as a way of strengthening their CV and enhancing their career prospects can be a real bonus.

Because educationalists say so

All children and young people are entitled to have the full range of their achievements recognised and to be supported in reflecting and building on their learning and Achievements.

 

– Building the Curriculum 5 – a framework for assessment: recognising achievement, profiling, reporting, Scottish Government. 12/2010

 

The Curriculum for Excellence requires schools to recognise the breadth of young people’s achievement, to include achievements gained outside of school through e.g. youth work, volunteering and hobbies, and not simply their ability to pass exams. This means that there is a growing role for community activities to support and complement school based learning.

Because employers say so

Business is clear – we need an education system which develops rigorous, rounded and grounded young people. This means a system which focuses as much on the development of key attitudes and attributes – such as confidence, resilience, enterprise, ambition – as on academic progression and attainment.

– Delivering Excellence – an approach for schools in Scotland, CBI, 3/2015

 

Any job requires a set of technical skills, but employees also need a range of ‘soft skills’. Employers increasingly recognise how youth work awards help young people develop these ‘soft skills’, and consequently make them more valuable as employees in the workplace.

Some of our Awards

Comedy and Confidence Awards

Comedy and Confidence Awards

Comedy & Confidence™ The DirectDevitt Comedy Award offers the opportunity to learn how to use Comedy in presentations, public speaking and includes… more

Air Cadet Aviation Practice 2 Award (SCQF 6)

Air Cadet Aviation Practice 2 Award (SCQF 6)

The RAF Air Cadet Aviation Practice 2 Award has been developed through Lowland Reserve FCA and is awarded and certificated by SQA in partnership with… more

JASS Award

JASS Award

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is a fully inclusive, holistic, progressive learning accredited award scheme for young people aged 5 – 14 years. It… more

YES Team Programme

YES Team Programme

Designed to aid young people’s transition from education into independent living and employment, the Team Programme develops confidence and life skills… more

What can you do?

 

  • Use the Award Finder to help your child identify the award or range of awards that might best suit their learning needs, interests or ambitions – and encourage positive engagement.
  • Encourage your child to share information about their achievements, record them on their Pupil Profiles and have these recognised and celebrated by their school.
  • At school parents evenings ask how the school promotes and recognises non-academic achievement.

Related Links

Amazing Things

A Directory of Youth Awards in Scotland

COVID-19 Activities and Resources

Links to activities and resources to support learning and award achievement at home

Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work

Sets out the essential and definitive features of youth work

Youth Work Skills Framework

A tool to help young people to identify and articulate the skills they develop and apply through youth work and related non-formal learning activity

What is Achievement?

The importance of achievement, outlined in Educations Scotland’s Parentzone

Wider Achievement in a Nutshell

A simple explanation of Wider Achievement from The National Parents Forum of Scotland with examples of opportunities and related awards and qualifications

Interactive Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework 

Understand qualification levels, where awards and qualifications sit and how they equate

SCQF Database

This database can help you find those qualifications and learning programmes that are on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

CASE STUDIES

Developing leadership skills with the RED Programme

Jake has volunteered with the British Red Cross for just over 18 months. Jake is from Elgin and is part of the local Emergency Response team. Whilst… Read More

Angus - #MyLearnerJourney

Left school with few qualifications. Joined a heritage related emplolyment training programme - Canal College®. The programme recognises achievement with… Read More