In order to be able to deliver the Youth Challenges and Youth Achievement Awards in Wales you must conform to our quality control procedures. These procedures were formed by UK Youth and ASDAN when developing the awards and are adhered to by Youth Cymru.
Register your Organisation
An organisation that is permitted to deliver the Youth Challenges and Youth Achievement Awards is called a ‘Participating Unit’. In Wales all Participating Units must be registered to Youth Cymru.
In order to make the awards accessible to organisations from both the voluntary and statutory sectors, with budgets of all sizes, we have developed a system that allows free Participating Unit registration. All you need to do complete a Participating Unit Registration Form (downloadable at the bottom of this page) and return it to us.
Train your Staff
All workers that will be working with young people on their Youth Challenges and Youth Achievement Awards must undertake our Award Worker Training Course (formerly know as Initial Training).
This course is unaccredited, but provides your workers with the knowledge they need in order to deliver the awards and help young people produce work of the required standard and quality. You can download a price list for this training on our YAA Resources. Once a worker has undertaken the course they will be given a unique Award Worker Number that they will use on all the paperwork required by the awards. Once a worker has undertaken the Award Worker Training Course they can undertake Agency Moderator Training. An Agency Moderator acts as an internal verifier and will be required to check an organisation’s portfolios before they are submitted for delegated verification (external moderation). An Agency Moderator can also directly sign off Youth Challenges, which do not need to be externally checked.
If you need to train your staff then please look at our events page to see if there are any courses scheduled. If there are no courses scheduled then please contact us to say that you would like some training.
Youth Achievement Awards at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level must all be submitted for Delegated Verification. These verification events are where the final decision is made about the standard of a young person’s portfolio of evidence. Certificates will be awarded after approval is granted by Youth Cymru’s Delegated Verifier, currently our Training and Accreditation Manager.
There are now three ways to get portfolios verified in Wales:
1. If you have five or fewer portfolios you can post them to us. Our Delegated Verifier will check them and we will post them back to you. We will charge you a postage fee for this service.
2. If it is urgent, and you have greater than five portfolios, our Delegated Verifier can visit your organisation and check your portfolios. We will charge you a fee for this service, please contact us for further details.
3. The most common, and useful, way to check portfolios is to bring them to one of our free Delegated Verification Events. We hold these events in both North and South Wales. Portfolios are brought by YAA Agency Moderators from across Wales. The format of the event enables us to standardise the Youth Achievement Awards across Wales, as well as share experiences and ideas with fellow YAA Participating Units.
To find out about our next External Moderation Meeting please click here
Please ensure that you have completed the following paperwork process before a delegated verification:
1. Each young person’s portfolio should be inspected by an Agency Moderator. They should complete an Internal Moderation Checklist for each portfolio and place it inside the front cover of the portfolio.
2. The young people who are being recommended for an award need to be registered. Please complete an External Moderation Form, ensuring that each column on the form is completed for each young person. Please check that names are spelt correctly as there is a charge for certificate reprints.
3. If you wish to attend a delegated verification event then please book places at our next meeting. Please note you must have attended Agency Moderator Training before you can attend a delegated verification event.
In order to pay for the administration, registration, certification and accreditation process we sell various resources for the awards.
Youth Challenges and Junior Achievement Awards all have workbooks that make the process of collecting evidence easier for both your young people and their award workers. When you buy a single workbook you pay for the administration and registration. When you request certificates you will then pay for certification and accreditation for one young person. If you choose not to use an official workbook when producing a young person’s portfolio of evidence, you must insert an empty workbook inside their portfolio upon completion. An official workbook has a unique code number inside that is proof that you have paid to register a young person.
Youth Achievement Award booklets can be downloaded from our website therefore no need to purchase booklets anymore. When requesting certificates you will then pay for certification and accreditation for one young person.