Accredited Pathway

Our core training offers an accredited learning pathway for youth work practitioners – from volunteers just starting out to managers who have been involved in youth work for years, there is something of benefit to all.

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Ready for Youth Work (SCQF LEVEL 3)

Ready for Youth Work is a practical course for youth workers and volunteers to ensure that they can: create a safe space for young people; plan, deliver and evaluate fun youth work sessions for young people; engage young people meaningfully and celebrate and recognise their achievements.

Sessions can include: Introduction to Youth Work and Youth Participation, Child Protection Awareness, Hi5 & Dynamic Youth Awards Introductory Training, Emergency First Aid Awareness, Games and Session Planning, Creative Evaluation and Portfolio Building.

Accreditation available at SQCF level 3.

Duration: 2 days (in-person) or 6 sessions (online)

Please Note: Where we have no upcoming dates for Ready for Youth Work training or where you would like to arrange in-person delivery, please contact to express your interest in booking.

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Professional Development Award in Youth Work (SCQF Level 6)

This exciting course will offer youth workers and volunteers from youth groups the chance to undertake a nationally recognised SQA qualification in youth work. The PDA in Youth Work is made up of three units: Understanding and Exploring Youth Work, Engaging with Young People and Delivering Youth Work. Participants will be required to complete all three units, three assessments and undertake a practical placement and observation within their workplace or the youth club/group where they volunteer.

National SQA accredited award at SCQF Level 6.

Charge will apply—see individual course details.
Duration: 6 days over 4 months

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ILM Leading in Youth Work (SCQF LEVEL 9)

Leading in Youth Work is a partnership between Youth Scotland and the Social Enterprise Academy. It is an programme that aims to: strengthen your abilities and confidence in your leadership, develop your strategic thinking to lead your organisation sustainably, explore the challenges and opportunities you face in the youth work sector in Scotland and you will gain practical skills to develop successful partnerships.

Accredited at SQCF level 9 with an ILM award in leadership.

Charge will apply—see individual course details.
Duration: 6 days over 3 months

Please Note: The PDA in Youth Work and ILM Leading in Youth Work courses are delivered subject to funding availability. Where no dates are advertised please contact to express your interest in these courses.