Skills Active Youth Awards

Skills Active Youth Awards: Growing leaders in recreation and sport

Two new NZQA-aligned programmes for young people

 


The Skills Active Youth Awards initiative delivers industry-approved programmes that foster connections between schools and employers, and build work-ready skills for young people who will shortly embark on working life.

 

The first two programmes to be launched are Growing Coaches PLUS and Tramping and Camping. Click here to order resources.

 

Click here to see some sample pages from the Tramping and Camping student workbook.


The Youth Awards scheme has three levels:


For Year 11/12 students: Experience and Participation

  • This is the start of the journey and can be aligned to Gateway programmes, PE curriculum, Vocational Pathways and NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • In order to run the programme, schools can use their existing Consent to Assess, or apply for a letter of support for the relevant unit standards.


For Year 12/13 students: Leadership

  • These programmes are aimed at students moving into a leadership role in delivering or overseeing recreation and sport within their school or community.
  • Interested students may aspire to a career in the sport and recreation industry, and will be gaining employer-recognised skills that mark them as a good potential employee.
  • Course materials can be aligned to Vocational Pathways and NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • In order to run the programme, schools can use their existing Consent to Assess, or apply for a letter of support for the relevant unit standards.


For Year 13 students: Work Experience

  • These programmes are aimed at students planning to enter the sport and recreation industry, who wish to spend time in a workplace to gain experience.
  • Participants may be able to achieve a New Zealand Certificate.
  • These programmes may be run in partnership between schools, workplaces and Skills Active, using a “3 + 2” model.


What are the benefits?

  • These industry-developed programmes target skills and attributes that are sought after by employers and organisations in the sport and recreation industries.
  • The programmes contain student-friendly written and practical assessment tasks.
  • The unit standards can be delivered in a variety of ways including outside of school hours.
  • Schools receive pre-assessment moderated learner and teacher resources.
  • Credits can be used towards NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 and Vocational Pathways Awards.
  • The unit standard credits achieved can be used towards workplace-based qualifications.


The process:

  1. The school gains consent to assess the relevant unit standards, if they don’t already hold consent to assess. 
  2. The school completes the Youth Awards order form and orders the programme resources.
  3. The school delivers the programme.
  4. The school assesses students using the Skills Active resource.
  5. The school reports credits to NZQA and once assessment is complete, Skills Active sends the school an award certificate for each student.