The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

The Skills section provides the opportunity for a participant to either improve on an existing skill, or to try something new. As with the other Sections of the Award, a level of commitment is required over time to progress a skill. It leads to a sense of achievement and well-being, and possibly improved employability through the development of life and vocational skills.

Examples of Skills

  • Music - singing, learning to play an instrument, music event management
  • Sports related - sports officiating, umpiring/refereeing, sports ground maintenance 
  • Arts and crafts - ceramics, embroidery, jewellery making, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography 
  • Nature and the environment - agriculture, astronomy, bee keeping, conservation, fishing, forestry, gardening
  • Communication - film and video, languages, reading, writing, public speaking, journalism, website development
  • Games - billiards, snooker or pool, chess, darts, backgammon

Time requirements

  • Bronze - At least 3 months
  • Silver - At least 6 months
  • Gold - At least 12 months 

The Award near you

Contact your nearest Award operator for more examples of the Skills you can do, and to sign up for the Award where you are.

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