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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.6 Recognition and validation of skills acquired through youth work

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 28/12/2020 - 13:47

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Youth Action Northern Ireland offers the Youth Achievement Awards. These awards are designed to formally recognise young people’s participation. Through them, young people can gain a nationally recognised, accredited award for involvement in youth work activities and volunteering.

These awards are accredited by ASDAN, which is an education charity and awarding organisation whose curriculum programmes and qualifications help young people develop knowledge and skills for learning, work and life.

Progress is measured through four different levels of achievement, all based upon the amount of responsibility undertaken by the young person.

Other awards are also available, such as the Volunteering Award and Millennium Volunteers.



The Youth Achievement Awards celebrate the cultivation of the following skills competences in young people through youth work:


  • Developing essential life skills such as teamwork, confidence, showing commitment, taking responsibility and leadership, managing feelings and negotiation;
  • Improving learning skills such as organisation, developing progressive individual learning plans, portfolio building, planning, reflection and reviewing;
  • Increasing participation in decision making, and having ownership over their activities and individual learning;
  • Enabling young people to talk about and share the learning gained through their experiences with other people.