On Wednesday 22nd May 2019 two young people from The Isle of Wight College DofE centre attended a presentation at Buckingham Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards from celebrity presenter, Charlotte Dujardin CBE (Olympic Champion in the sport of Dressage. Holder of all three World Records), after sharing their experiences withTrustee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex.

During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH The Countess of Wessex took the opportunity to congratulate the group from The Isle of Wight College on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

Leading Achievements

Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Mr Terry Gaskin, who is the DofE DLC Manager at The Isle of Wight College DofE centre, attended the presentation to see the group receive their Gold Awards, and said,  I am very proud of all the young people who take part in the DOE program at any level, the personal and non-competitive nature of a DofE programme means that participants from different and diverse 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.

I am very proud of all the young people who take part in the DOE program at any level, the personal and non-competitive nature of a DofE programme means that participants from different and diverse 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.

Terry Gaskin, DofE DLC Manager at The Isle of Wight College DofE centre

Speaking about their DofE experience, Mr Michael Archer & Daniel Ramsbottom-Clark, who was two of the Gold Award holders on Wednesday 22nd May presentation at Buckingham Palace, said,during their time within the DOE Awards and Public Services they have improved their organisational, communication and resilience traits, they have brought something unique and of great value to a young & older generation.

Proud mums celebrating with Michael Archer and Daniel Ramsbottom-Clark at Buckingham Palace.

During our volunteering section we were involved in “Project Gold” helping at Nine Acres Community Primary School becoming positive role models, for the children at Nine Acres Community Primary School where they volunteered for a year, The different projects we have been involved in during the past year has helped our wider life skills and will create for us extraordinary evidence for CVs which in turn will enhance our employment opportunities. Michael said that this has helped him move forward into his career within the Metropolitan Police.

There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

The DofE Story

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by its Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH The Earl of Wessex is a Trustee.
  • Over 300,000 young people are currently taking part in DofE programmes in the UK, at 13,156 DofE centres, supported by 1,269 partner organisations and around 50,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.
  • Last year, 239,269 young people started a DofE programme.
  • 111,859 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
  • In total, over 5.6 million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.4 million Awards since 1956.
  • A survey of major employers, commissioned by the United Learning Trust, found that a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the most highly valued experience when selecting employees.
  • There are more than one million young people currently participating globally in over 140 countries and territories.
  • Since 1956, millions of young people have taken part across the world, highlighting how the DofE can truly transcend boundaries of race, language, ethnicity and culture.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.

The DofE Charity

Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 300,000 people aged 14-24 every year. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to take part in our programme and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We help instil a sense of adventure and have a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.

The DofE mission

To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise
their achievements.

DofE programmes

Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
  • At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity.

Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. The result is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike. Completing a DofE programme develops young people for life and work. It develops resilience, confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude as well as the social and communication skills that businesses are calling out for.

Where it is run?

DofE programmes are delivered in the UK under licence by over 1,200 partners (Licensed Organisations) who offer it in over 13,000 DofE centres such as youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, academies, colleges, universities, young offender institutions and businesses, which are run and supported by around 50,000 adult volunteers.

Learn More

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit www.DofE.org.


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