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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 RED Programme

The RED Programme

The RED programme is an internal British Red Cross accreditation scheme designed to Recognise, Empower and Develop all young (15-25 year old) volunteers engaged… more

Employability Awards (SQA)

Employability Awards (SQA)

The Employability Award is an introduction to the world of work for those who are unsure about how to gain and sustain employment. It is available at SCQF level… more

Wellbeing Awards (SQA)

Wellbeing Awards (SQA)

This Award covers the breadth of wellbeing. It looks at mental, emotional, social and physical health. Learners will also have the opportunity to look at… more

PSE (Personal and Social Effectiveness)

PSE (Personal and Social Effectiveness)

ASDAN's new (September 2021) Personal and Social Effectiveness qualifications are designed to develop 21st century competencies in communication, collaboration… more

CASE STUDIES

Bethan - Youth Awards open to all

Bethan - Youth Awards open to all

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
What I’ve learned through the Boys’ Brigade awards journey

What I’ve learned through the Boys’ Brigade awards journey

Members of the Boys' Brigade in Scotland share their stories of skills development and personal achievement from progressing through the Boys' Brigade… 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.