Getting started

The Youth Achievement Awards recognise the achievements of young people aged 14+. Find out how to register and get started with Youth Achievement Awards today

Registering for the Awards

More than 500 statutory and voluntary youth organisations and education institutions in Scotland offer Youth Scotland Awards to young people. There are two types of registration to access the awards: Participating Units and Operating Agencies. 

To ensure that young people receive the right amount of support and the awards are completed to the required standard there are two tiers of access.

A Participating Unit is a group that operates the awards directly with young people and which is supported by a registered Operating Agency. For any group to register as a Participating Unit it must have the full permission of the registered Operating Agency it is registering under.

An Operating Agency maintains and oversees standards in the operation of the awards within the groups (Participating Units) it agrees to support.

If you are a youth group:

  • Access as a Participating Unit via your local authority (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA and up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your local authority to deliver the awards
  • Access to Hi5 & DYA via membership of Youth Scotland (free as part of the package of membership benefits)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA
    • Receive up to 10 free Hi5 or DYA challenge sheets each registration year (this benefit cannot be rolled over into subsequent years)
    • Support from your area association
    • Telephone and/or email support from Youth Scotland development staff if no Area Association exists or is not a registered Operating Agency
  • Access to YAA via membership of Youth Scotland (£60 per year). This option is only available in areas where an Area Association exists and is registered as an Operating Agency
    • Access to Hi5 & DYA as described above
    • Able to purchase and submit up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your Area Association
  • Access as a Participating Unit via a third sector organisation that is registered as an Operating Agency of Youth Scotland Awards (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA and up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your Operating Agency to deliver the awards

If you are a primary school:

  • Direct access as a Participating Unit via Youth Scotland (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA
    • Support from Youth Scotland development staff by telephone and/or email
  • Access as a Participating Unit through your local authority (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA
    • Support from your local authority to deliver the awards
  • Access as a Participating Unit via your associated secondary school (free of charge)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA
    • Direct support from your secondary school
    • Your local secondary school must be a registered Operating Agency for Youth Scotland Awards

If you are a secondary school or college:

  • Direct access as school or college Operating Agency of Youth Scotland (£500 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5, DYA and YAA for your students
    • Free day of CPD accredited training for up to 20 members of staff
    • Free Participating Unit registration to deliver Hi5 & DYA for your associated primary schools. (This does not apply to colleges)
    • Support from Youth Scotland development staff
    • Free access to awards internal verifier training at standardisation meetings
  • Access as a Participating Unit through your local authority (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA and up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your local authority to deliver the awards

If you are a local authority

  • Access as an Operating Agency of Youth Scotland (£1250 per year)
    • Register and support unlimited Participating Units operating exclusively within your own local authority area
    • Free day of CPD accredited training for up to 20 members of staff
    • Support for the 'main contact' from Youth Scotland development staff
    • Free access to awards internal verifier training at standardisation meetings

If you are a third sector organisation:

  • Access as an Operating Agency of Youth Scotland (£500)
    • Register and support up to 10 Participating Units. These cannot be public, statutory or national agencies/organisations.
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5, DYA and YAA for your students
    • Free day of CPD accredited training for up to 20 members of staff
    • Support for the 'main contact' from Youth Scotland development staff
    • Free access to awards internal verifier training at standardisation meetings
  • Access via your local authority (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA and up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your local authority to deliver the awards
  • Access to Hi5 & DYA via membership of Youth Scotland (free as part of the package of membership benefits) 
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 and DYA
    • Receive up to 10 free Hi5 or DYA Challenge Sheets each registration year (this benefit cannot be rolled over into subsequent years)
    • Support from your Area Association
    • Telephone and/or email support from Youth Scotland development staff if no Area Association exists or is not a registered Operating Agency
  • Access to YAA via membership of Youth Scotland (£60 per year)
    • Access to Hi5 & DYA as described above
    • Able to purchase and submit up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your Area Association
    • This option is only available in areas where an Area Association exists and is registered as an Operating Agency
  • Access via another third sector organisation that is registered as an Operating Agency of Youth Scotland Awards (£60 per year)
    • Able to purchase and submit unlimited Hi5 & DYA and up to 30 YAA
    • Support from your Operating Agency to deliver the awards

If you are an Area Association of Youth Scotland:

  • Access as an Operating Agency of Youth Scotland (free of charge)
    • Register and support an unlimited number of member groups as Participating Units, operating exclusively within your geographic area
    • Free day of CPD accredited training for up to 20 members of staff
    • Support for the 'main contact' from Youth Scotland development staff
    • Free access to awards internal verifier training at standardisation meetings

Other:

Please contact us on 0131 554 2561 or email awards@youthscotland.org.uk to discuss other possible access routes.

To register

To register, simply download the form for your chosen access route from the bottom of this page and fill in your details. Return your completed form by email to: awards@youthscotland.org.uk or by post to: Balfour House, 19 Bonnington Grove, Edinburgh, EH6 4BL.

 

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