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Youth Work Awards support learning and progression

3 Jul 2017

An Interim Report on progress delivering outcomes on the high level Ambitions of Scotland’s National Youth Work Strategy 2014/19 has recently been released. The Report highlights the role of youth awards in ‘supporting young people in their learning and to progress to further and higher education, training and employment on leaving school.’

Noting the important contribution of volunteer and paid youth workers to delivery of youth award opprtunities, John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: ‘The phenomenal growth in completions of youth awards is a real sign of youth work’s success.’

(National Youth Work Strategy 2014/19 – Interim Report, July 2017, YouthLink Scotland, p24)

The full report can be found on the YouthLink Scotland website

Evidencing the Impact of Youth Awards

12 Jun 2017

Evidencing the Impact of Youth Awards

Youth Scotland is inviting young people who have completed Dynamic Youth and Youth Achievement Awards to complete a short survey to show how participating in these awards has made a difference to their lives.

To ensure it hears from as many young people as possible help is being sought from young people, youth workers, teachers and other partners to engage young people they know who have completed Dynamic Youth or Youth Achievement Awards.

All survey responses completed by 30th June 2017 will be entered into a draw to win one of five £20 Amazon vouchers.

Awards Network Strategy 2017 - 2020

15 May 2017

The Awards Network has approved a new Strategy to guide its work during 2017 to 2020. The strategic themes of Membership, Organisation, Communication and Partnership focus activity on growing membership and reach; strengthening governance; developing greater awareness of youth awards and their impact on young people; and working in partnership and collaboration with education, employers and government to support equity, attainment and workforce development objectives.

Archaeology Scotland joins the Awards Network

18 Apr 2017

The Awards Network is delighted to welcome Archaeology Scotland as its first Associate Member.

Eila Macqueen, Director of Archaeology Scotland, said “We are delighted to be part of the Awards Network family bringing our new Heritage Hero Awards to the range of exciting options for making the most out of youth-led personal development opportunities.”

The Heritage Hero Awards were launched by Archaeology Scotland in early 2017 following an extensive pilot involving schools, local heritage and youth groups. The awards aim to encourage young people to connect with their past, and to reward their achievement. The programme has been developed with the Curriculum for Excellence at its core, providing benefits to participants of skills development, improved self-confidence as well as opportunities to learn outdoors. The commitment required to achieve each award increases over 5 levels from 3+ hours for Heritage Explorer to 60+ hours to achieve the Gold Heritage Hero Award.

The Awards Network promotes the participation and achievements of young people gained through youth work awards. It works to ensure that youth awards are widely valued and recognised as critical evidence of every young person’s leaning and achievement.

Awards Network Development Worker Appointed

13 Dec 2016

The Awards Network is very pleased to welcome Jim Duffy, former Chief Executive of Scouts Scotland, to the new post of Awards Network Development Worker.  

Jim started in his post on Monday 28 November, attending the Scottish Governemnt focus group on INSIGHT held at the SCQFP offices in Glasgow.

The post will have a key focus in implementation of the Awards Network Marketing Strategy.

You can contact Jim on:
Tel 0131 554 2561
c/o Youth Scotland
Balfour House
19 Bonnington Grove

This post is funded by Education Scotland

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