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Aiden - a different way of learning

Aiden - a different way of learning Young People

"School wasn't the best for me". Aiden shares his experience of learning post-school and how youth awards can help develop skills for employment, add to the… Read More
An employers view on DYW, youth awards and skills for work

An employers view on DYW, youth awards and skills for work Employers

Sandy Begbie, Global Integration Director at Standard Life Aberdeen plc and Chair of DYW Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, outlines why it is important… Read More
Angus - #MyLearnerJourney

Angus - #MyLearnerJourney Young People

Left school with few qualifications. Joined a heritage related emplolyment training programme - Canal College®. The programme recognises achievement with… Read More
Baqar

Baqar Young People

Baqar, 16, from Glasgow, suddenly found himself two years ago transported from Iraq to Scotland, unable to speak any English.Shy and reserved, Baqar struggled… Read More
Bethan - Youth Awards open to all

Bethan - Youth Awards open to all Young People

Bethan outlines how she has benefitted from participation in the awards programme of Girlguiding. Having gained a Girlguiding Young Leader Qualification, she is… Read More
Carers Trust Scotland and the Participative Democracy Certificate

Carers Trust Scotland and the Participative Democracy Certificate Volunteers, Young People

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
D of E - Shawlands Academy

D of E - Shawlands Academy Schools

Shawlands Academy pupils share their experience and impact of achieving the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Read More
Daniel’s JASS journey - a parent’s perspective

Daniel’s JASS journey - a parent’s perspective Parents, Schools, Young People

Why JASS?I came across JASS on an internet search.  I wanted to be more involved in his preparation for transition into High School but I also knew I had… Read More
Developing leadership skills with the RED Programme

Developing leadership skills with the RED Programme Employers, Schools, Volunteers, Young People, Youth Work

Jake has volunteered with the British Red Cross for just over 18 months. Jake is from Elgin and is part of the local Emergency Response team. Whilst… Read More
Developing transferable skills with the RED Programme

Developing transferable skills with the RED Programme Employers, Schools, Young People, Youth Work

The best piece of advice Cyrus, a 24 year old Emergency Response volunteer from Dundee, received was from a retired firefighter who was a fellow volunteer:… Read More
Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council Employers

Dumfries and Galloway Council are using SQA's employability award to help young people enter the workplace. Read More
Emmie - My Youth Award Journey

Emmie - My Youth Award Journey Young People

Emmie, a Trustee of Youth Scotland and a former MSYP, relates how completing a Youth Achievement Award led to a change of direction in learning and career. Read More
Giving young people’s achievements recognition by others

Giving young people’s achievements recognition by others Youth Work

Willy Barr, Manger of Citadel Youth Centre in Edinburgh, tells us why it is important for youth workers to be aware of youth awards and the opportunities they… Read More
Graeme

Graeme Young People

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… Read More
How Youth Awards Models Could Transform Qualifications and Assessment in Scotland

How Youth Awards Models Could Transform Qualifications and Assessment in Scotland

An opinion piece by James A DuffyIn March 2023, the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment (IRQA) led by Professor Louise Hayward published its… Read More
Impact of Youth Achievement Award

Impact of Youth Achievement Award

Darren shares his Youth Achievement Award journey, from Bronze to Silver, and the difference it has made to him. Read More
Joe

Joe Young People

Joe was referred by his school to the Pupil Support Service in Fife due to his refusal to follow basic school rules. He had a history of multiple exclusions and… Read More
Lauren

Lauren Young People

Lauren, 18, is working on her leadership qualification to become a Guide Leader with the 295thGlasgow Guide Unit. She’s also a member of Girlguiding… Read More
Learner journeys blending youth awards and the traditional curriculum

Learner journeys blending youth awards and the traditional curriculum Schools

Mike Irving, Head Teacher of Leith Academy, explains how his school harnesses youth awards to support individual learner journeys Read More
OYCI and Alva Academy Help Young Leaders Gain Accreditation

OYCI and Alva Academy Help Young Leaders Gain Accreditation Awards Network Members, Schools, Young People, Youth Work

In 2017, a group of young people from Alva Academy in Clackmannanshire set out on a special youth-led research project. Their goal was to find out what life was… Read More
Parents/Carers should encourage take up of youth awards

Parents/Carers should encourage take up of youth awards Parents

Eileen Prior, Executive Director of Connect (formerly Scottish Parent Teachers Council) encourages take-up of youth awards and reminds us that wider achievement… Read More
PDC - Looking Forward Not Back

PDC - Looking Forward Not Back Awards Network Members, Schools

Twenty-eight young people were trained and supported in 5 communities to conduct research on the issue of sectarianism. To recognise the contribution of their… Read More
Pupils in Levenmouth beaver away to tackle climate change through the John Muir Award

Pupils in Levenmouth beaver away to tackle climate change through the John Muir Award Schools, Volunteers, Young People

Fife-based John Muir Award group gets hands-on with flooding, biodiversity and land management.Pupils from Levenmouth Academy in Fife worked with Bat’s Wood -… Read More
Robbie - youth awards changed my career

Robbie - youth awards changed my career Young People

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
Scouts Scotland’s Young Leaders’ Scheme

Scouts Scotland’s Young Leaders’ Scheme Young People, Youth Work

The Young Leaders' Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements of being an Explorer Scout. All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout… Read More
Sports Leaders UK

Sports Leaders UK Awards Network Members, Schools

Sports Leaders UK is an Awarding Organisation that creates leadership skills for life. Our vocational awards and qualifications aim to equip young people with… Read More
Stephanie’s journey of discovery with Outward Bound Trust

Stephanie’s journey of discovery with Outward Bound Trust Awards Network Members, Employers, Schools, Young People, Youth Work

"I'm Stephanie and I'm from Glasgow." Stephanie is a carer for her housebound Mum. Introduced to Outward Bound Trust by her Carer Centre's… Read More
Volunteering develops vital work skills

Volunteering develops vital work skills Employers

CBI Scotland Director, Tracy Black, outlines why skills acquired through volunteering - a key component of youth awards - are highly prized by employers. Read More
What I’ve learned through the Boys’ Brigade awards journey

What I’ve learned through the Boys’ Brigade awards journey Awards Network Members, Parents, Young People, Youth Work

Members of the Boys' Brigade in Scotland share their stories of skills development and personal achievement from progressing through the Boys' Brigade… Read More
Youth Work in Schools Partnership

Youth Work in Schools Partnership Awards Network Members, Parents, Schools, Young People, Youth Work

Youth Link Scotland's Youth Work in Schools Partnership has produced an evaluation of case studies reflecting on examples of youth work in schools. The report… Read More