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obviously vital, but they are no longer enough. Young people need something extra to stand out from the crowd. The DofE helps them to do that and develop essential skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership.


“Employers place great value on employability skills – a broad range of abilities including business awareness, problem solving and self-management. These skills can be applied in any workplace and help employees and businesses adapt and prosper in a continually changing world. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s focus on leadership, teamwork, communication and self-motivation make it an effective way for employers to ensure their staff have or develop this important set of skills.”

Susan Anderson, CBI Director of Public Services and Skills

The DofE has a profound effect on developing the skills that employers value in young people. Research carried out by the United Learning Trust with 12% of all UK employers found a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the single most important activity young people can do in addition to academic qualifications.

We define and develop distinctive qualities and skills which, along with vocational and academic qualifications, make a person more employable. 93% of participants believe doing their DofE has helped them develop team-working skills, 81% feel they have improved their communication and language skills and 77% report a marked improvement in their ability to solve problems.

ith the number of young jobless now at a record high, and unemployment among Britain’s graduates at its highest level for 17 years, academic qualifications are

“The future of our industry is in the hands of the young and our support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is borne out of this. The DofE’s commitment to challenging and helping young people to grow and develop valuable key skills which they can use later in life, both in and out of the work place is a vital part of their development, and in time we hope ours as well.” Jamie Ritblat, Chief Executive, Delancey

Case study

The first pupil from Kersland Special Needs School in Paisley to go on to part-time paid work is as a result of his DofE achievements. The employer was made aware of him achieving Silver and going on to Gold. This impressed him so much he made a job offer. This shows how highly a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is valued.

Kersland School have created their own partnership with Park Mains High School in Erskine, which benefits both sets of pupils. Some of the Park Mains pupils are helping organise the DofE at Kersland, and are helping individual Kersland pupils with complex needs to achieve their Bronze Awards. They are now progressing towards Silver and Gold Awards.

“We look at ability rather than disability. All pupils have risen to the challenge and grown in confidence. It’s been a learning process for

them all.” Michael Kelly, Deputy Head at Kersland.

“I can definitely say being in that position at the moment having worked through my programme and applying for different courses and jobs etc., The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gets probably the best reaction. It has a good status and currency amongst employers.”

‘John’, Gold participant (Impact Research) The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Annual Review of 2010

Four Kersland School pupils recently featured in the BBC Adventure Show during their practice expedition.


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