Resources and training

Youth Scotland offers training for each level of the Youth Achievement Awards - from Introductory up to Gold & Platinum

Awards Introductory Training

Awards introductory training is for anyone interested in supporting young people to gain a Youth Scotland award or simply looking to find out more about the awards.

The training provides workers with an understanding of the rationale behind the awards and how they complement their existing youth work practice. They will gain a working knowledge of the Hi5, Dynamic Youth Awards (DYA) and Youth Achievement Awards (YAA), enabling them to effectively promote, support and deliver these awards within their youth clubs, schools or community groups.

Please note that this training is a requirement for anyone wishing to deliver YAAs with young people and recommended for anyone wishing to deliver Hi5 or DYA with young people.

We are currently offering online Hi5 & DYA training. For information on YAA training please email

Details of upcoming Hi5 & Dynamic Youth Awards introductory training can be found here: 


13 January 10am-12

19 January 2-4pm

1 February 2-4pm

16 February 10am-12

3 March 10am-12

15 March 10am-12

Youth Achievement Award Advanced Training

For award group workers who have completed introductory training and want more specific training can book into the advanced bronze and silver. It is also recommended if supporting young people at the higher levels of the award to attend gold and platinum advance training. 

Details of upcoming awards advanced training can be found here: 

19 November 2020 - Glasgow

Awards Portfolio Building Training

This training will take participants through the portfolio building process for each level of awards, highlighting what is expected at each level of responsibility to meet the internal verification criteria. These are interactive sessions which participants can use a range of appropriate evidence for each level of the awards.

Details of upcoming awards portfolio building can be found here: 

28 October 2020 - Edinburgh

Operating Agency Training Event

Operating Agencies are entitled to an annual training event for up to twenty participants. 

Please fill out the booking form below to book your Operating Agency training day. Please note that this training will need to be booked through the Operating Agency main contact.

All Youth Scotland Awards training is CPD accredited. 


Youth Scotland has three activity toolkits which complement the awards. These are the games toolkit which can be used to set challenges themed around physical activity, the STEM toolkit which can be used to set challenges themed around science, technology, engineering and maths, and the arts toolkit which can be used to set challenges themed around arts and crafts. These can be purchased here. The toolkits cost £10. 

Please find downloadable YAA booklets and templates below.

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