Read the Chairman's Report
“It is extremely pleasing to report record numbers of young people setting out on their DofE Award programme with 271,439 Awards started in the year, an increase of 7% over last year. This is particularly satisfying as the number of young people from a background that puts them at a disadvantage, by being at risk or marginalised in our society, has increased by 19% to a total of 49,453.”
The Lord Kirkham CVO, Chair of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
In 2011/12 we set ourselves challenging targets to be achieved by 2016/17.
At that time, we could not have foreseen the dramatic impact of cuts in Local Authority budgets and the resulting closure of youth work activities across the country.Read more...
Read about the amazing work done in the name of the DofE over the past year, helping to develop young people for life and work…
As ever, a great deal of our time and resources over the last year have been spent in supporting the delivery of DofE programmes.
This year, we have continued to develop eDofE, added to our excellent portfolio of training modules, introduced DofE Direct to reach older participants who do not have a local group… and so much more.Read more about these initiatives
The pace of growth in the number of Licensed Organisations that make up our network shows no sign of slowing, increasing this year to 2,601: an increase of 43% year on year, following an increase of 42% in the previous year and 41% in the year before that.
This is a key factor in our growth, as each Licensed Organisation demonstrates a commitment to ensuring their young people benefit from the DofE experience.
Research from YouGov tells us that 78% of participants undertake a DofE programme to enhance their CV/job applications. Employability benefits are therefore a big incentive for participants to see their programmes through to the end. Throughout 2016/17 we raised awareness of the skills and attributes a young person gains through their DofE and how these translate to the workplace.
By seeding employability messaging and stories across our network and social channels through inspiring case studies, the creation and promotion of new content on the LifeZone and leveraging external hooks such as summer exam results, our regular survey of Bronze, Silver and Gold achievers revealed a 6% increase in the awareness of their improved employability.
In addition, we grew our employability evidence base with over 100 UK employers endorsing the DofE as a great way for young people to gain the skills they want in their business.View the endorsements here
We’ve continued to extend our reach, working towards our strategic objectives of getting more participants to start and complete their DofE Award programmes and reaching more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.See our list of Licensed Organisations and centres
Some funding comes from licence fees paid by those who offer the DofE. The pace of change for our Charity shows in the growth in the number of Licensed Organisations (LOs) that make up our network.
Other funding comes from donations and, of course, payments from young people for their DofE Participation Places.Read more about our funding sources