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Young People

Awards For Young People

Are you aged 10-25 years? Do you want to try new things and have your personal achievements more widely recognised?

This website will help you to identify Awards that can be fun to undertake and can make a big difference to your future prospects.

Use the Awards Finder to find out more about Awards available to young people in Scotland and how they can benefit you.

What are Youth Work Awards?

An Award recognises personal achievement. It might be in the form of a certificate, an approved qualification or a badge that can be gained after successfully completing a programme of activity that normally requires personal commitment over a period of time. Awards can be achieved through spare time activities, often undertaken as part of a youth group, or through voluntary activity engaged in through a school or college.

In addition to the personal satisfaction of achieving an Award, youth Awards testify to learning, skills and experiences gained outside of a formal educational setting that are highly valued by employers, colleges and universities. Adding these to qualifications gained through formal education provides a more complete picture of a young person and can significantly boost prospects for employment and progression.

The Awards Network in Scotland includes many organisations that offer awards and qualifications. The range of activities recognised through Awards is vast. Examples include:

  • Planning and taking part in an outdoor expedition
  • Running an anti-bullying project
  • Making a difference to your local community or the environment through volunteering
  • Leadership training
  • Arts, music, drama

The length of time and location will depend on the Award chosen. Click here to try out the Award Finder. Under each Award provider there are links to further information about their Awards and what these involve.

What are the benefits?

  • Meet new friends and experience new things
  • Challenge yourself
  • Develop skills, aptitudes and knowledge in fun and practical ways
  • Improve team building, communication and leadership skills
  • Feel good about making a difference to your local community or to a cause or charity you are passionate about
  • Record and celebrate personal achievement
  • Add amazing things to a CV to make it stand out from the crowd to employers, universities and others

Some of our Awards

Preparing for Adulthood programmes

Preparing for Adulthood programmes

Preparing for Adulthood is a suite of four programmes, each suited to different ASN settings. They have been developed for learners with moderate, severe,… more

King George VI  Leadership Programme

King George VI Leadership Programme

This leadership programme provides young people aged 17 to 21 a route to becoming a BB leader, and a recognised qualification at SCQF level 7. It comprises… more

PSD (Personal and Social Development)

PSD (Personal and Social Development)

The Personal and Social Development (PSD) qualifications offer imaginative ways of supporting young people in:becoming confident individuals who are… more

Steps to Work Award (SQA)

Steps to Work Award (SQA)

The Steps to Work Award helps engage young people. Available at SCQF levels 2, 3 and 4, it provides a stepping stone for some learners between school, further… more


Carers Trust Scotland and the Participative Democracy Certificate

Carers Trust Scotland and the Participative Democracy Certificate

Rccognising Achievement: Why Carers Trust Scotland is using the PDC - Nicola Bell, Youth Engagement Officer For young carers taking part in Carers Trust… Read More
Robbie - youth awards changed my career

Robbie - youth awards changed my career

Robbie has progressed through Boys' Brigade from youth to volunteer leader and says youth awards are as important as academic qualifications. Learn how his… Read More
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Amazing Things

A Directory of Youth Awards in Scotland.

What employers say about youth work awards

A sample of quotes from employers, and case studies.


A quick guide to Apprenticeships in Scotland.

Tips on Writing a CV

Tips on CVs and applications and access to the MyWorldofWork CV builder.

UCAS Personal Statement

How to write a UCAS Undergraduate personal statement

Transferability of skills gained through youth work

Download a copy of ‘Get Ahead – Scouting and employability’ – an example of how to identify transferrable skills gained through youth work experiences.