SQA celebrates Youth Worker achievements at YouthLink Scotland awards

Monday 20 March 2017

Graham Dempsey of the West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force, receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from our Regional Manager, Alistair McKay, and Paul Johnston, Director-General Learning and Justice, Scottish Government

The outstanding contribution of youth workers, managers and partners to the lives of young people in Scotland has been recognised at the YouthLink Scotland National Youth Worker of the Year awards.

SQA is delighted to be supporting the Awards, which for the last ten years have drawn attention to the wide variety of roles which youth workers undertake throughout the country. We’re sponsors of the Lifetime Achievement – Fellowship of YouthLink Scotland award.

The category will recognise five well deserving individuals, who have all made a valuable contribution to their organisation and dedicated much of their working lives to supporting Scotland’s youth. Each of them was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Lifting the trophies were: Alistair Joss, of The Boy’s Brigade; Chris Dunning, of Rank Foundation; Jim McCormack, of The Boys Brigade; Lt Colonel Graham Dempsey, of the West Lowland Battalion – Army Cadet Force and; Alex Linkston CBE, former Chair of YouthLink Scotland.

At the West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force, where Lt Colonel Dempsey is a Deputy Commandant, a number of SQA qualifications are offered to the cadets. These include the Leadership AwardSteps to Work Award and Skills for Work Uniformed and Emergency Services.

On receiving his award, Lt Colonel Dempsey said: “I feel very privileged to receive this acknowledgement.  Along with the other recipients of the Youthlink Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award I’m passionate about youth work, and the positive contribution it makes to the lives of young people across the country.”

On presenting the awards, Alistair McKay, SQA Regional Manager said: ‘It is an honour to present Lifetime Achievement awards in recognition of these individuals’ outstanding commitment to Scotland’s young people. The impact that youth workers have on the lives of thousands of young people on a daily basis can’t be underestimated and the YouthLink Scotland awards are a fantastic way to recognise this.’

Congratulations from SQA to each of our Lifetime Achievement award recipients.

Find out more about SQA’s Youth Work SVQs and PDA.