One in four HR professionals say they look for the “Duke Ed Award” during the recruitment process.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has come out on top in a survey of the most recognisable volunteering programmes preferred by employers.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award pipped, the Scout Association and Girl-Guiding for desirability by employers. The survey was carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Two thirds of those surveyed said entry-level candidates with voluntary experience have more employability skills such as teamwork and communication to offer than those who don’t.
The Duke Ed helps young people to be more aware of what it takes to work as a team or run a business
To achieve their award they do a minimum of 12 months volunteering, regular physical activity and developing new skills. They also do a four day expedition and spend a week away on a residential project.
Doing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award makes apprentices more than just technical specialists.
“They are more engaged in the local community and gain teamwork and other skills.” Call or email for a brochure on the Duke Edinburgh’s Award for employers.