Paths Skillz - Inspiring young people to make a difference

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Path Skillz is a 5 day programme open to youth organisations that work with disadvantaged young people aged 16 -25 living in Scotland.


The programme aims to equip young people aged 16-25 with the knowledge and practical skills they need to successfully plan, manage and deliver a community path project. Path Skillz is developed and delivered by our Active Environments team at Paths for All.

What is involved in the course?

Path Skillz aims to provide young people with skills in path maintenance, path management and community engagement. We want to inspire young people to take the lead in path development activities in their own local community.

The learners will also have the opportunity to develop their team working skills, confidence, and presentation skills. Their mission to save a local path that has been neglected will teach them transferrable skills they can take to future employment or education opportunities. The young people will be required to upgrade a section of a path as part of the project.

Who can take part in the course?

The course is aimed at organisations who work with disadvantaged young people aged 16-25. However, consideration may be given to young people aged 14+

What we need from you?

You need to provide:

  • A member(s) of staff,  who is adequately experienced and trained in working with the young people, to support them for the duration of the training programme;
  • A suitable venue for the course ( preferably with wifi );
  • A path which you have the landowner’s permission to work on.

A more detailed list of requirements will be sent once you have expressed an interest in this course.

Is the course accredited?


As part of the course, young people will have the option to use it towards a dynamic youth award which is SQA accredited to level 3. Find out more information about the award here

How much does this course cost?

The course is free to the youth organisations in Scotland. Path Skillz is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

The cost of the Dynamic Youth Award is free to Youth Scotland members and costs £5 per youth for organisations who are non-members

How can I find out more?

Read updates from the young people taking part in the course on the Path Skillz blog.

To register your interest in this course, please go to the following link

Please note that as we have limited spaces for this course we will not be able to guarantee to provide a course for all organisations who have expressed an interest. We however will endeavour to accommodate all groups where possible.

You can also check out this project report of our pilot course.

icon Youth Work Pilot Report (4.91 MB)

To find out more information get in touch with Roxanne Kerr on Roxanne.kerr@pathsforall.org.uk or 01259 222395

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