Minister for Children and Young People Recognises National Youth Award First 

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, presented two young people from Dumfries and Galloway with Platinum Youth Achievement Awards on Friday night. Ruaridh Edgar and Jill Murray, both aged 19, gained the award in a first for the local authority area (above).

Operated by Youth Scotland, Platinum Youth Achievement Awards are the highest attainable youth work qualification placed on the SCQF and are comparable to the Advanced Higher or Higher National Certificate. The Awards recognise individual achievements and progress made by young people out with a formal learning environment. They are recognised across Scotland and provide much value to employers and higher and further education providers, and also help the growth and development of young people participating via confidence building and the gaining of new skills. 

Jill worked as a teaching assistant at Moffat Academy and Ruaridh focused on events management and leadership within his school community. They spent around a year researching and creating a personal development plan, undertaking around 90 hours of training and placements, producing detailed evaluations of their progress and then presenting their Awards journey to an audience. 

Of the 1,354 Youth Achievement Awards presented in the last year, only 74 were Platinum (around 2.7%), showing just how much of a challenge the Awards were for and Ruaridh and Jill to achieve.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said:

"I would like to extend huge congratulations to Jill and Ruaridh for their excellent achievements. They are the first young people in Dumfries and Galloway to gain this prestigious Platinum Youth Achievement Award and it follows a lot of hard work from them both, which has included volunteering in the community.

 "The Youth Achievement Awards and a wide range of other Award providers are working in partnership with local authorities and others to help thousands of young people annually to build their skills, develop confidence and demonstrate their abilities. This makes a significant contribution towards supporting young people's transitions into further learning, employment and adulthood and helping them to become the successful, confident and responsible adults that our nation needs."

Ian McLaughlan, Chief Executive of Youth Scotland, said:

"I am delighted to help Ruaridh and Jill celebrate this fine achievement of being the first recipients of Youth Scotland's Platinum Youth Achievement Awards in Dumfries and Galloway. The projects led by Ruaridh and Jill are great accomplishments, on a par with an Advanced Higher, and are worthy components to add to their learning portfolios. Well done to both of these young people and the staff that have supported them."