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“It is extremely encouraging to be able to celebrate continuing growth and the setting of new records in each year of my chairmanship of this great charity. I am delighted to report that this makes 2017-18 our fifth consecutive year of record activity and achievement. We knew that it was going to be difficult to build on the success of our exceptional Diamond Anniversary year, when we asked so much of our staff and volunteers, but they have not slowed down delivering an extraordinary year for the young people of the United Kingdom.”
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.
At the DofE we felt the impact of these changes in 2014-15 when we were able just to maintain activity levels. However, we lost a year in our growth plan but, reassuringly, we demonstrated that we could increase the proportion of young people completing and achieving their Award.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, undertaken programme pilots to help us move the DofE forward, embraced GDPR… and so much more.Read more about these initiatives
We have continued to grow our structure of Licensed Organisations over the year and now have 3,019 licensed concerns, an increase of 16% year-on-year. This network of mainly directly licensed schools born out of the necessity, to fill the gap left by local authorities no longer able to support DofE delivery, has proved to be a remarkable success.
Whilst we have capped our licence fees for this year and next, we have uplifted our investment in these schools and other youth organisations through training and funding support.
Employability benefits are a big incentive for participants to see their programmes through to the end. Throughout 2017/18 we raised awareness of the skills and attributes a young person gains through their DofE and how these translate to the workplace.
We have identified a positive opportunity to support older students and apprentices to develop their work and life skills through the DofE by improving our reach into Further Education and Apprenticeships. There is a significant element of our age range that we believe we can serve better. We have some excellent examples of colleges and apprenticeship programmes using the DofE to great effect and we plan to expand on this in the coming year. There will be Further Education pilot programmes in each UK Country and Region that will help us to explore the barriers and opportunities to greater involvement in that sector and we will work with our corporate partners to expand the use of DofE within apprenticeships.
We saw a huge increase in the engagement of people to our social media posts, in which we promoted all aspects of the DofE, but focussing at times on the value of a DofE to a young person’s employability.See why soft skills matter
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 how we increased our reach last year
The charity was able to increase the amount of charitable spending this year whilst still strengthening the reserves position. These reserves include Diamond funds targeted to be spent on disadvantaged groups over the next three years and will be match funded by a £1m grant from #Iwill.
Savings of £1.3m were made in the year on year cost of fundraising allowing a further £1m to be channelled into charitable spending, which was primarily used to fund additional operational staffing to support the increasing local requirements due to the growth of the Award and the increasing proportion of Directly Licensed Centres.Read more about our funding sources