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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all 14 to 24 year olds. Over the past fifty years, more than eight million young people have participated in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories. The Award has grown to become the world’s leading youth development programme.

The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own Award Programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a registered UK charity whose mission is to promote The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (known as the DofE in the UK), provide young people with the Award, and preserve the quality of the Award worldwide.

Our ambition is that every young person aged 14 to 24 in the world should have the opportunity to participate in the Award.

Available to all

But eight million young people in fifty years is, whilst admirable, only a tiny imprint on humanity. Our ambition is to make a step change in the reach of the Award so that, in time, the Award is available to every young person aged 14-24 in the world.

We have a long way to go to achieve that ambition. There are still many countries where we have no presence; in others we currently only do business with the most privileged in society; even in many countries where our programme reaches all sectors, our penetration into the youth market could be greater. Our business plan aims to change the game. By learning from the commercial world, but staying true to our fundamental belief in social justice and the potential of non-formal education to change lives, we think that we can introduce business practices that will help us reach our ambition.


Scouting is a world wide educational Movement for young people. It contributes to the fulfilment of their potential using a progressive and enjoyable values-based programme for personal development. The Scout Association in the United Kingdom seeks to provide young people with opportunities to participate in adventurous outdoor activities, learn team-building skills and develop new friendships.

It is firmly committed to co-education so that boys and girls can develop together and meet the aims of Scouting through one programme.

Membership is open to all young people and adults, regardless of ability, who are prepared to accept Scouting’s fundamental principles. Today, there are more than forty million people involved worldwide and over half a million adults and young people enjoying the fun and friendship of Scouting in the United Kingdom.

The Sea Cadets

Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development – by learning new skills and working in teams –  we offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.

Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the unit building.

Today, 14,000 young people based in 400 units in towns, cities and ports across the UK are challenging themselves and developing new skills, like sailing, boating and rock climbing –  supported by 9,000 volunteers.

Career Ready

Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

We offer a structured programme of study for 16-19 year olds, that sits alongside students’ school  or college coursework. It is delivered by employer volunteers who provide masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships to help our students compete with the best in the country

Business in the Community

Business in the Community is a unique movement of companies across the UK committed continually to improving their positive impact on society, with a core membership of 700 companies, including 75 of the FTSE 100.

70% of business in the community member companies identify education as an essential focus for their community investment. The education campaign works to maximise the effectiveness of business commitment to this key social issue and to inspire the other 30% to get involved.

Teach First

Teach First’s mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.

Educational disadvantage remains one of the most destructive and pervasive problems in the UK – perpetuating inequality and confining thousands of young people up and down the country to a life of unrealised potential.

The charity Teach First is a powerful movement founded to directly address the problem of educational disadvantage. Founded in 2002, Teach First has already changed the lives of thousands of young people. Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of exceptional graduates to provide leadership, motivation and, above all, inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England.