Digital Academy

The Young Scot Digital Academy

Engaging young people in digital skills and inclusion, careers and empowerment programmes.

The Young Scot Digital Academy develops the digital skills of young people and connects them with positive opportunities.  

We’re proud to work with young people themselves and a wide range of partners to create opportunities to try something new, do more of what they love and help shape Scotland’s digital future. We’d love to discuss how we can support your organisation to join them 

Developing Digital Skills

The Young Scot Digital Academy team supports and develops young people to gain or improve their digital skills.

We offer thousands of young people opportunities to strengthen their skills in this area through engagement in a range of innovative projects and connecting them with positive opportunities

The Digital Academy approach is to draw upon Young Scot’s skills to create compelling content for young people, our innovative approach to co-designing services and policies with young people and our experience developing engaging events to reach out to young people. 

Every project is different and we can help you to use a number of different models and access different programme to meet your digital ambitions.


Young Scot is the lead strategic partner for 5Rights in Scotland. 5Rights is UK initiative to enable children and young people to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. It aims to promote the five fundamental digital rights of children and young people – the right to remove, the right to know, the right to safety and support, the right to informed and conscious use, and the right to digital literacy.

In the first stage of the project, the 5Rights Youth Commission released their recommendations to the Scottish Government. This important document has been referenced and used in the formation of key government policy for the next few years.

For the Year of Young People 2018, a new group of young leaders are championing young people’s rights in the digital world.

Supported by Scottish Government, the new Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group, involving 30 young people from across Scotland, will work together to help young people realise their rights in an increasingly digital world based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Over 30 organisations in Scotland have become 5Rights Signatories to say they will comply with the 5Rights principles in their own online behaviours and work. Any organisation can sign up and say 'I care about building a better internet for young people’.

Discover our Digital Academy


Taking place at Glasgow Science Centre, Venturejam was an annual event bringing young people together to come up digital solutions to environmental problems.

Discovering Digital World

Working in Partnership with Skills Development Scotland, Discovering Digital World  was series of interactive roadshows to showcase the exciting possibilities on offer to young people in Scotland if they pursue a career in digital technology.

5Rights Youth Leadership Group

The Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group meet Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights to launch their project

Young people from all across Scotland to further develop and implement the recommendations of the 5Rights Youth Commission on how Scotland can realise children and young people’s rights in the digital world.

Digital Ignition

Digital Ignition, delivered in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Scotland and supported by Carnegie UK Trust #NotWithoutMe fund helped young people in Glasgow gain basic digital skills they need for careers. 

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Some of our brilliant Digital Academy Partners

Our partnership with Carnegie UK Trust and Young Scot will give young people the opportunity to share their experiences and create a project which truly supports their needs.

#Notwithoutme Allan Watt - Director of Prince’s Trust Scotland,

Supported by Young Scot, the 5Rights Commission has put the voices of young people at the heart of Government policy

5Rights Youth Commission Baroness Beeban Kidron - Founder of 5Rights,