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TCV Scotland can offer a suite of accredited learning opportunities, predominantly for young people.  We are a registered centre with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA),  Northern College for Further Education (NCFE) and with Youth Scotland, enabling us to deliver the Youth Achievement and Dynamic Youth Awards.  We can also offer Lantra accredited training to young people through our Training Programme.

What types of accredited learning does TCV Scotland offer?

At TCV Scotland we are continually adding to our accreditation offer.  Our accredited sessions are delivered predominantly outdoors, and each course has an outdoor or environmental focus.  Details of the courses we can currently offer can be found below.

How will you benefit from taking part in TCV Scotland’s accredited learning?

If you are supporting people who are looking to gain employment, then gaining accredited learning through TCV Scotland would be a valuable addition to their CV.  We are particularly experienced at supporting vulnerable groups to gain accredited learning.  Most of our learning options involve taking part in fun, practical activities outdoors, with minimal classroom and writing time. 

It was really relaxed and a great laugh. The trainer was really easy to talk to. The role play was hilarious! - Accredited learning participant, East Lothian

Just wanted to say the course was really well run. I found that not only did it reinforce a lot of what I knew but also highlighted things I wouldn’t have thought of. The practical exercise was good fun and educational.  - Accredited learning participant, Glasgow

Employability Award in the Outdoors (SCQF 4)

TCV Scotland’s Employability in the Outdoors Award is a unique and outdoor-delivered introduction to the world of work for those who are unsure about how to gain and sustain employment.  Training is delivered over 5 themed days and additional units in Work Experience and Enterprise can be added to the award.  The award is flexible and can be delivered across a timescale to suit.

Really nice to do something new, learn about responsibilities and take it more into consideration than you normally would  - Employability Award participant, East Lothian

The training yesterday was really good.  I think the mock interview has really helped my confidence  - Employability Award participant, Glasgow

Steps to Work Award (SCQF 2-4)

This award is aimed at secondary school pupils and fills an identified gap in the education of vulnerable, disengaged and hard to reach young people. Through practical activities, candidates can develop employability skills and self-awareness to help them recognise their own strengths and the contribution they can make to society. The award is made up of two units, which can be run over a flexible period.  One unit covers Employability, the other unit focuses on the environment and will be delivered through the improvement of local green spaces.  The full award can be delivered outdoors.

Volunteering Skills Award (SCQF 5)

This award is aimed at volunteers who are leading practical outdoor projects and would benefit from complimenting this with formal accredited learning.  The Volunteering Skills Award is designed to accredit the tasks that a Leader already carries out, providing volunteers with a recognised qualification for carrying out the practical skills gained through their volunteering experience.  This award also aims provide an opportunity for volunteer leaders to reflect on their learning whilst volunteering and addressing skills gaps needed to gain employment. 

NCFE Units

These accredited units offer bite-sized chunks of learning over 2-3 days and are outdoor-delivered.  We can offer NCFE units in subjects including Safe Tool Use, Tree Felling using Hand Tools, and Tool Maintenance.


For further information about opportunities in your area, please get in touch:

Dave Alcorn, Skills Development Officer

TCV Scotland
The Granary
44 Mortonhall Gate
EH16 6TJ

Tel: 0131 664 6170
Mobile: 07917 436484