Duke of Ed Award Benefits
Benefits of the Duke of Ed Award:
Through participating in the Award, young people:
- Learn to equip and empower themselves to achieve their personal best
- Increase their confidence, decision making skills and leadership ability
- Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
- Improve their health, physical and mental well-being
- Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement with their peers and community
- The Award is an Endorsed Program by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority which assigns a Bronze Award 1 unit, Silver Award 2 units and Gold Award 4 units, meaning an Award Participant in Year 10, 11 or 12 can use a completed Bronze, Silver and/or Gold Award towards achieving their WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education).
- It’s a great addition to a CV (see below for employability skills)
- It’s recognised and valued when applying for future scholarships and grants
- Part of an international network of young people
Taking part in the Award enables young people to develop practical skills, behaviours and attitudes that are valued by employers globally.
Experience and Volunteering more sought after than ever
There are over 3 million Australians aged 15-24 years, accounting for approximately 13.3% of Australia’s total population.
Young Australians are 2 x more likely to be unemployed than adults with the Australian youth unemployment rate (15-24 years olds) currently at 11.7% – twice the national average.
Unfortunately completing a University degree doesn’t guarantee a job in today’s competitive labour market and over 30% of recent graduates are still looking for a job four months after completing their degree.
(Source Graduate Careers Australia 2013)
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides individuals with values and experiences that are highly sought after in the workforce. From the service/volunteering completed to the adventure you took on, employers are seeking well rounded employees.
“As an employer, Pitcher Partners look for new recruits with more than academic qualifications, we look for volunteering work, communication skills, team working and problem solving.”
Sandra Ursino, OAM, HR Manager, Pitcher Partners
Formal education just isn’t enough
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is needed more than ever to bridge the gap between formal education and employment.
Through doing the Award and developing important skills like communication, teamworking and leadership, young people can improve their readiness for work while having fun. There was a time when being a student or owning a University degree was all one needed to land a job.
The Award provides Participants with the extra ingredient to score a job
The Award teaches each person to take responsibility for their goals and choices; how to connect and actively engage with their immediate community and how to positively contribute to society by their active involvement.
These are the traits you need to be selling on your CV! If you haven’t included your Award on your CV – now is the time to start.
Instead of the usual hobbies section on the resume, how about one which illustrates the volunteering and experiences you’ve had through the Award?