Duke of Edinburgh Award at RNC
The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people aged 14 to 24. Here at RNC we fully support the aim of DofE: “To create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances”. Before each expedition, Barry Morris, Lead PSO (Pastoral Support Officer) and DofE Leader, carries out risk assessments to ensure routes are accessible for you to take part.
In a recent CIPD survey by HR professionals, DofE was chosen as the most recognised programme a candidate can reference during the recruitment process to demonstrate their volunteering experience. The DofE website confirms “67% of UK companies believed entry-level candidates with voluntary experience have more employability skills to offer than those who don’t.”
On a DofE expedition you learn to work as part of a team, pitch your own tent, prepare a meal outdoors, use modified compasses to navigate around the area and camp overnight. It will give you the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil your potential, and have lots of fun making new friends along the way. All 10 students who took part in DofE during 2014/2015 earned their bronze award and it’s helped them develop lifelong skills including problem solving, communication, team work and self-reliance. These are skills that can be used well beyond leaving RNC, for employability and gaining your own independence.
Barry said “It’s great to see the development of students from the beginning to the end because it is so tough and you see them in a different light. You’ve really got to enjoy it to take part, I’m so glad that all of our returning students want to progress onto their silver award in September.”
“I think the expedition. Was amazing i learnt how to put my tent up and i also learnt im a morning person after all!.. Great experience thanks!” RNC student, Yasar.