1. What awards are available to me?
Shetland Islands Council’s Youth Work Team offers a range of accreditation including:
Dynamic Youth - Dynamic Youth Awards are peer assessed awards recognising the contributions and achievements of young people in the 10+ age group.
The awards are easy to use and can be incorporated into existing youth work and school programmes. Young people are encouraged to self assess and then peer assess each other's achievements, and can use the awards as an access route to the Youth Achievement Awards.
Youth Achievement – Aimed at young people aged 14+, the Awards recognise four levels of responsibility taken by young people participating in activities that interest them. Bronze is about young people taking part, at Silver young people assist - sharing responsibility with others, at Gold they take individual responsibility to organise, and at Platinum they undertake training and lead.How much does it cost?
Duke of Edinburgh - The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you’re 14 to 24, you can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey. We know from other participants that the DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for college, university or jobs.
2. How much does it cost?
Dynamic Youth & Youth Achievement – please speak to a member of staff as this is currently under review.
Duke of Edinburgh - £19 for Bronze and Silver
3. What are the benefits?
Dynamic Youth - Key Features of the Award:
* They are peer assessed: young people assess and award certificates as part of an Award Group
* They are externally accredited by ASDAN, the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
* They are credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 3 by SQA
* They are non-prescriptive: the awards complement existing quality youth work practice providing a framework, not a programme
* They encourage and support youth participation: the process encourages young people to take increasing responsibility for their own future
* They are progressive: the awards encourage continuing participation and increasing responsibility.
Youth Achievement - The Awards are accredited by ASDAN and are credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
Where is Youth Achievement Awards placed on the SCQF?
|SCQF Level||Youth Achievement Awards||SQA Qualifications||Higher Education||SVQ|
|9||Ordinary Degree||SVQ 4|
|7||Platinum (16)||Advanced Higher (32)||HNC||SVQ 3|
|6||Gold (14)||Higher (24)|
|5||Silver (11)||Credit Standard Grade (24)||SVQ 2|
|4||Bronze (7)||General Standard Grade (24)||SVQ 1|
|3||Foundation Standard Grade (24)|
Duke of Edinburgh - The DofE gives you the chance to do something completely new and improve on things you’re already doing. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and friendship groups. And you’ll have a brilliant time doing it.
Looking forward, the DofE can help you to carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help to open the right doors for you. If you’re keen to get off the sofa and put 100% into something that could change your life, the DofE is for you.