Wider Achievement and Accreditation

We provide a range of opportunities for young people to gain and build on their skills and abilities through wider achievement and accreditation.

Accreditation recognises young people's achievements, whether it's volunteering at a local youth group, or working towards a personal achievement. Some of the awards our council delivers are:

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised award programme for young people aged 14 - 24. Young people can achieve their award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections - Volunteering, Skills, Physical, Expedition and for Gold level, a Residential.

Dynamic Youth Award

The Dynamic Youth Awards are a fun and engaging way to recognise and accredit young people's achievements. They are aimed at young people aged 10 and over and require a minimum of 5 hours' time commitment.

Youth Achievement Awards

Youth Achievement Awards offer formal recognition and accreditation for young people's achievements. They are easy to use and can be incorporated in to existing or planned activities and are aimed at young people aged 14 and over.

John Muir Award

This is an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds which focuses on helping people to connect with wild places. The award is used to encourage awareness, understanding and responsibility for wild places; to promote personal development through outdoor experiences and to recognise and celebrate achievements of individuals who meet the Award criteria.

Participative Democracy Certificate (PDC)

The PDC award acknowledges and develops communication, decision-making and negotiation skills in the context of democratic engagement. The award is delivered to young people who are involved in decision-making groups, such as pupil councils, youth forums, youth councils and committees.

Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards is the Scottish Government's national youth volunteering awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.

SQA in Volunteering

The Award in Volunteering Skills at SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5 provides formal recognition of volunteering activity. Through participation in volunteering activities, candidates will develop a range of skills and personal development experiences which will help to prepare them for responsibility, further education and employment.

More information

For more information on youth awards in your area, contact the youth work team:

Page last updated: 21/03/2023
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