The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has now run in Australia for over 50 years. In this time, 700 000 participants have been recognised for their achievements in various categories and projects.
The Award is open to people under 25 years of age and is designed to challenge and reward individuals in unique ways. Individuals ‘simply need to set personally challenging goals for improvement and demonstrate effort as they strive to reach these goals.’ Check out Ellen’s inspirational story as an example.
As part of the Work Ready Career Fairs, we got to hear more about the benefits of the program:
The graduate employment market can be tough, and employers and human resources professionals are increasingly looking for attributes or experience that sets people apart. Having volunteer experience as an entry-level candidate can demonstrate that you have initiative and increased employability skills such as teamwork and communication.
Beyond employability, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award increases confidence and connection to the community. The holistic framework of the Award touches on all spheres of life and creates opportunities for young people to experience success beyond the classroom. Consequently, not only the individual, but society as a whole benefits from empowered young leaders; energetic and involved community members; and, a release of massive potential.
Visit The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia to find out more.