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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

Air Training Corps Award

Air Training Corps Award

As a cadet you'll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out… more

Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards is the Scottish Governments national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate and recognise the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged… more

Chief Guide’s Challenge

Chief Guide’s Challenge

In order to complete the Chief Guide's Challenge, you need to complete Phases 1 and 2 from all eight octants of the Look Wider programme… more

CVQO Awards

CVQO Awards

From its roots working closely with uniformed youth organisations, CVQO now shares its wealth of experience and expertise with organisations including St John Ambulance, the… more

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

Katie

Katie, 17, from Dundee, experienced a turbulent childhood. When her mother could no longer care for her, Katie went to live with her grandparents. The following three years were difficult - Katie developed anxiety and depression and began an unhealthy relationship with food. At home,… Read More

LINKS

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.

Apprenticeships

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.