The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops over 460,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK.
Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 3,500 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.
In total, over 6.5 million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 3 million Awards since 1956 – in 2018/2019, 153,284 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Gold Award Achievers
I am very proud of all the young people who take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programs at any level, the personal and non-competitive nature of a DofE program means that participants from different and diverse backgrounds and starting points can equally be proud of achieving a certificate based on their personal challenge and journey.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is achievable by any young person who chooses to take up its challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location, every section of a DofE programme gives young people an opportunity to be independent, self-sufficient and to be challenged as an individual.
The Gold Award is the highest level of DofE programme and can be completed by young people aged 16-24 years. During a 12-18 months journey, the participants explored new skills, challenges and opportunities to enhance their knowledge and abilities in five areas: volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential activities.
DofE programmes are personalised to the passions and needs of individuals, and the young people from The Isle of Wight College, Island Innovations and St Catherine’s chose to take on a wide range of interests and pursuits, For their expedition, I was fortunate to be the assessor for this group of young people…. they hiked 50 miles in Wild country. Coped with rain, wind, insects and blisters.
They supported each other identifying and utilising the different skills that each of them brought to the table. Humour, encouragement to go the extra km, singing really bad songs loudly and scaring the sheep, cooking like master chefs, navigation, and of course a master mind quiz of knowledge of formula one drivers.
The team had to adjust to all these different personalities and sharing the decisions on suitable routes to be taken, welfare, health and diets and equipment carried. The skills that they have learnt will be carried on into their working life and WE KNOW they will continue supporting and helping others in the community work together.
Everyone was very helpful, it was the hardest, difficult and most challenging thing we have ever done – I don’t think there will ever be anything harder than the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
At times we felt like giving up, but we eventually got it all done. There was a lot to do when preparing for the expeditions, especially at Gold level.
The challenges they set themselves were considered to be quite above and beyond the average trials and tribulations of Trekking through the Brecon Beacons for 4 days. Joining together as a team from three different colleges. They had to plan for severe visual impairment that would make walking down the high street a challenge for most let alone crossing the summit ridges of Pen y Fan.
DofE Ambassadors for The Isle of WIght College
25 Years Service Awards
DLC Managers Terry Gaskin and Alistair Bridle received special awards in recognition of 25 years service by helping and supporting young adults to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, an awesome achievement!