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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

6.9 Awareness-raising about non-formal and informal learning and quality youth work

Last update: 25 January 2021
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Awareness raising initiatives


Information providers / counselling structures

Scotland's Learning Partnership (SLP) is a national voluntary organisation, established to support and encourage people who do not traditionally participate within the education system. Originally called the Scottish Adult Learning Partnership, it changed its name in 2007 to show that it gave equal place to its activities in family learning and work with young learners. It promotes lifelong learning, active citizenship, equality of opportunity and social inclusion.

As most non-formal and informal learning and youth work provision is at a local level, information is available through a variety of individual local authorities, community and learning development (CLD) partnerships and voluntary sector bodies.

Awareness raising initiatives

The Awards Network is a forum of providers of non-formal learning awards across Scotland. Its members include the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Young Scot. It aims to raise awareness of the variety of awards available to young people aged 12 to 25 that use youth work approaches.

The Awards Network developed the publication, Amazing Things: a Guide to the Youth Awards in Scotland, which highlights the range of awards. All secondary schools received a copy of the first and third editions, published by Youth Scotland.

See also the article ‘Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities’.