Meet the finalists: Recognising Skills & Achievement

Young people need to be able to identify and articulate their strengths and skills, understand their value and what they want to develop next. Our finalists of the Recognising Skills and Achievement category have the knowledge and power to bring this out of a young person, allowing them to grow in confidence, skills and giving them that voice to further their potential.

Girvan Youth Trust 

Education does not just happen in the classroom, it takes a village, and that wisdom encapsulates the work of Girvan Youth Trust (GYT). Through their work with Girvan Academy, youth workers engage with all pupils, with a key focus on wellbeing.  

Their targeted intervention work led to a bespoke Positive Pathways Project for vulnerable school leavers, a partnership with school, CLD, Ayrshire College and Skills Development Scotland.  

This bridging project introduced young people to the different routes open to them, and developed employability skills and confidence, all underpinned by a youth work approach.  

All those involved entered a positive post-school destination or decided to remain at school, they all said they felt more confident about their future path in life. 

“I decided to stay on at school. I have taken part in a college course about bike maintenance this year and I also volunteer. I was very proud to get an award at Prize-giving, never thought I would get an award at school.” Young Person  

Find out more: https://z1girvan.org.uk/

Step Forward Wick Youth Team 

In one our most remote rural communities, youth work is helping to close the poverty-related attainment gap. 

Step Forward has transformed the school experience for pupils, broadening the curriculum offer, raising attainment and improving health and wellbeing.  

This success is down to the skills of youth work practitioners, building supportive relationships with pupils, and designing learning opportunities alongside young people. 

The project is also key to supporting young people one-to one. Pupil Referrals are made through the Guidance Team for young people struggling with attendance or low confidence. The team use their youth work skills and CBT training to build pupil’s confidence. 

The project was recently highlighted as a good practice example in Education Scotland’s publication ‘What Scotland Learned – 100 stories of Lockdown.’  

“The importance of offering a youth work approach to learning is paramount as some of our young people who were not achieving their potential in other mainstream classes are now excelling and achieving a number of SCQF credits.” Nominator.

Find out more: wickhighschool.co/category

 

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