Young Leader’s ILM- Development Programme

Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014


Even though they might not realise it yet, a Young Leader’s experience in Scouting will help them develop a whole range of important skills that higher education establishments and employers are looking for. 

Competition is high

Whether they are applying for jobs, apprenticeships or a place at college/university, competition is higher than ever. The skills developed through the Young Leaders’ Scheme, including leadership, interpersonal skills and decision-making will help to set them apart from the crowd.

In order to demonstrate this, we have had the Young Leaders’ Scheme externally recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) as a Development Programme. The ILM is one of the UK’s leading providers of leadership and management qualifications and the accreditation shows the quality of the Young Leaders’ Scheme to any external organisations that Young Leaders might apply to in the future.

As a development programme there is no formal assessment required by the ILM, which means that there is no extra work for the Young Leaders. As the ILM recognises the quality of the programme content, aims, objectives and learning outcomes, all the Young Leaders have to do is complete the scheme (ALL the modules and missions).

The cost of the recognition is £46 per participant (non-refundable). As an Area/County/Region (Scotland) you can choose to subsidise this to lower the direct cost for the young person if you wish. This is a decision that will need to be agreed at a local level.

Signing Up

To sign up for this there are two forms for Young Leaders to fill in. The first is a registration form, which can be completed as soon as the Young Leader decides they would like to work towards the development programme. This should be sent along with the full payment to the address included at the bottom of the form.

Once the details have been processed, the young person will receive an email with their personal login details to the ILM learning access zone. The learning zone offers a wide range of online development tools, resources, journals and magazines specifically tailored around leadership and management, created by professors from some of the world’s leading universities including Cambridge, Harvard, London Business School and INSEAD. Young Leaders will have access to this zone for the duration of the scheme, from when they register.

You can find further information surrounding the ILM at the ILM website.

The second form is a progress sheet  which needs to be signed off when the Young Leader completes each module and mission by the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) and section leader. Once this form has been completed (ie they have completed the full scheme), please send a copy either to the address on the bottom of the form or email as an attachment to Once processed, a certificate will be sent to the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) to be presented to the Young Leader.

All Young Leaders can sign up for the recognition and this can be at any point during their time in the scheme. If they decide on completion of the scheme they would like this recognition this can be achieved by sending the registration and completion form, along with payment, together.

For further information please contact the educational programme team by email at

Tutor Membership

If you are Leader and would like to apply for free tutor membership so you have access to the Learning Zone please send an email with the following information to

  • The Scout Association
  • Centre Number – 079706
  • Your full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Town
  • Postcode
  • Personal email address