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:
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?
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The Brigader Brooch is the second highest award available to young women in the Girls' Brigade. It requires achievement of each of the four Brigader Triangles,… more
A Directory of Youth Awards in Scotland.
A sample of quotes from employers, and case studies.
A quick guide to Apprenticeships in Scotland.
Tips on CVs and applications and access to the MyWorldofWork CV builder.
How to write a UCAS Undergraduate personal statement
Download a copy of ‘Get Ahead – Scouting and employability’ – an example of how to identify transferrable skills gained through youth work experiences.