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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. These can be local, national and international. Awards can be supported by paid staff 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

The Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme

The Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme

13 to 19? Join The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme and have fun, gain confidence, get the skills you need for a job or training, plus… more

Key Steps

Key Steps

The Key Steps Award is a comprehensive programme of activities in a range of topic areas covering Citizenship, PSHE, Environment Education, Personal Finance Education, Enterprise… more

The Queen’s Award

The Queen’s Award

This is the highest award in The Girls' Brigade with girls all over the world working towards gaining their Queen's Award. Participating in the… more

Personal Development programmes

Personal Development programmes

ASDAN's established Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) offer imaginative ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities,… 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

Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work

Sets out the essential and definitive features of youth work

What is Achievement?

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

CASE STUDIES

Harriet

At 17, Harriet, in her own words, was a typical teen from Glasgow. She had no ambition or drive, and was content to continue her part time job in her local hairdressers when she had finished school. Then the opportunity came along for her to… Read More

Parents/Carers should encourage take up of youth awards

Eileen Prior, Executive Director of Connect (formerly Scottish Parent Teachers Council) encourages take-up of youth awards and reminds us that wider achievement is an important part of Curriculum for Excellence. Read More