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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

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

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award

The Chief Scout's Platinum Award is available for Explorer Scouts aged between 14 and 18 and precedes the Chief Scout's Diamond Award. Completion of this… more

SQA Leadership Awards

SQA Leadership Awards

The Leadership Award is available at SCQF level 5 and 6. The Leadership Award develops knowledge of leadership skills, styles and qualities. It is designed… more

Heritage Hero Awards

Heritage Hero Awards

The Heritage Hero Awards are an award scheme for young people in Scotland. Their focus is on 'cultural' rather than 'natural' heritage. They aim to encourage… more

CASE STUDIES

Harriet

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
Graeme

Graeme

The Queen’s Scout Award is the top Youth Award in Scouting. The award recognises leadership and teamwork and requires high standards of discipline and motivation. Scouts aged 16-25 must complete a number of achievements before they turn 25 in order to achieve the award. Scouts… Read More
All Case Studies

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.