Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.
There are three levels of programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.
Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.
The benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless. Young people find out how pushing themselves to do new things helps them to grow in confidence and develop useful skills; why meeting new people will inspire them and lead to lasting friendships; and how a DofE Award can give them the edge when they apply for college, university or a job.
The organisation asked UK employers to endorse the skills and attributes such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team-working that young people with a DofE Award bring to the workplace: the response from all sectors was overwhelmingly positive.