The Young Scot Digital Academy is designed to develop the digital skills of young people and connect them with positive opportunities. We do this through a number of programmes linked to digital citizenship and youth employment.


We are the lead strategic partner in Scotland for 5Rights, the UK-wide coalition which aims to make the internet and surrounding digital world a better and more empowering place for all children and young people.

Recognising that digital technology is a fundamental part of young peoples’ lives, the 5Rights coalition believes that these technologies must be designed and delivered with young peoples’ needs specifically in mind. 5Rights is a framework of five clear and simple principles to enable children and young people to access the internet creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. These principles translate the existing rights of young people under the age of 18 from the physical into a digital world context. The five 5Rights are:
The right to remove: to easily edit or delete online content they have created, and access simple and effective ways to dispute online content about them.
The right to know: to know who holds and profits from their information, what their information is being used for, and whether it is being copied, sold, or traded.
The right to safety and support: to be confident they will be protected from illegal practices, and supported if confronted by troubling and upsetting scenarios online.
The right to make informed and conscious choices:  to engage online but also to disengage at will and not have their attention held unknowingly.
The right to digital literacy: to be taught the appropriate skills to use and critique digital technologies and be confident in managing new social norms.
A full explanation of each of the rights can be viewed at


Skyscanner and Young Scot have teamed up to run a project which aims to inspire and encourage the next generation of programmers in Scotland. The plan is to achieve this by providing young people in S1 – S3, with the opportunity to receive a Raspberry Pi computer and accessories free of charge as well as access to learning materials. So far, we have delivered two phases of this project, first in Glasgow and then in Edinburgh, Lothians and the Scottish Borders.

Digital Academy Modern Apprenticeship Programmes

We are committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s youth employment agenda and understand the growing need for professional digital skills across all workforce sectors. As such, we deliver three strands of Modern Apprenticeship Programmes: YS Internal MA Programme; MA Partnership Programme; and our Local Authority MA Pilot.

Young Scot supports all MAs to achieve a Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at SVQ Level 3 (SCQF Level 7). All programmes offer young people, primarily aged 16-19 who have a passion for digital media, a first step towards a digital career. It supports them to develop professional creative and digital media skills, in addition to essential employability and core skills.

Certificate of Work Readiness

We work closely with Skills Development Scotland on the Certificate of Work Readiness – an SQA customised qualification which includes a quality work experience placement and well as classroom based learning to provide young people with their first experience of the world of work. This year, we’re delighted to be supporting a pilot where the national companies within the Performing Arts sector will be delivering the Certificate of Work Readiness.

“I’ve been lucky in that my apprenticeship offered many extra opportunities through both Young Scot and Peacock. I got to work at the red carpet of the MOBO awards, attend photography courses and take part in lots of events.”
– Connor O’Neill, Creative and Digital Media Apprentice, Peacock Visual Arts

If you would like to find out more about any our Digital Academy programmes, please contact Allan Lindsay, Digital Academy Manager at