Borough continues to excel in DofE Award
Published Monday, 13th November 2017
Southend-on-Sea children and young adults are on course to complete more Duke of Edinburgh’s Award than any previous year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award looks to offer children and young adults across the country, the opportunity to develop important life skills, meet new people, and earn invaluable experience across different voluntary sectors.
Participants are required to complete a set amount of hours in volunteering, physical, skill, expedition and residential activities. The award comes at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
Last year, of the 666 students that started the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, 369 completed it (55%). This year, that figure is set to soar, with 60% of the 897 enrolled participants expected to complete the award.
Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “I am thrilled to see year on year, we are seeing an increase in participants for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
“The opportunities that are available through these awards are endless, with employers often enthusiastic about seeing candidates with the award to their name.
“We hope to see even more students involved next year who are ready to develop important life skills and prepare themselves for the future.”