The LifeZone is an exclusive and free site for DofE Award holders and participants designed to help them describe the skills they develop through their DofE on their CVs and applications and learn how to talk about them at interviews. Whether it’s the leadership, teamworking or initiative demonstrated as part of their expedition or the commitment, communication or positivity showcased through their volunteering and other activities, these are all skills that employers are looking for.
The LifeZone also gives young people access to some top companies that actively believe in the DofE and look for Award holders when they recruit.
And if you haven’t started your DofE programme yet, then the LifeZone is yet another reason why you should.
We’ve kept the site exclusively for our existing participants and recent achievers who have an eDofE account, but you can check out some of the great companies you’ll find inside, below. Hear from them about exactly what achieving your DofE could mean for your future career.
Roll over the images below to read some quotes from Award holders and supporters...
“The DofE has taught me to give my utmost in any task, no matter how big or small. I have learnt that I can achieve so much when I push myself and it has given me a better outlook on life." - Simon
“It was great to become part of an organisation for which you can give so much back as a Leader, particularly after completing the DofE yourself. I take pride in seeing my cadets achieve their Awards and love talking to them about their successes.” - Lucy
The skills I’ve developed will translate into working life and improve my job prospects. My dream is to run my own company, I’d love the challenge of growing a business – the DofE inspired this as it ignited a desire to push myself and achieve.” - Christina
Businesses that believe in DofE Award holders
On the LifeZone you’ll find great profile pages from each of our supporters including large UK businesses such as Amey, British Gas, Royal Mail, ao.com and DFS, that feature exclusive careers advice and information.
As DofE supporters they’re committed to the development of young people and truly believe in the work-ready skills DofE Award holders have to offer.
If you have an eDofE account you can read more from them by visiting the LifeZone now and clicking on ‘Businesses believe in you’. If you don’t, click here to find out how you can get started with your programme, as all of our participants get an eDofE account.
"Amey has sponsored apprentices to achieve their DofE Awards for six years and in that time we’ve seen it have a real impact on the young people we work with. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing."Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture
“British Gas has been working with the DofE for ten years and it's a partnership we continue to value immensely. The DofE develops the skills we look for in our employees, like initiative and a determination to learn and progress.”Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture
“It’s taken a great deal of effort to build DFS into the company it is today. Above all, it’s taken the hard work of people like DofE Award holders. Individuals from all backgrounds – people who are inspired by the prospect of delivering great service and being rewarded for their achievements.”Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture
“Success isn’t only about getting a job. It’s about becoming the ‘you’ you want to be. When you do your DofE you give back to others; you practice skills that are important to you; you test your own limits and stretch your horizons. You make Britain a better place to live. And for every passenger travelling through our airport, and everyone who lives in the UK, that really matters.”
"The DofE provides young people with the skills which are held in high stead with RSM. Here at RSM we think it is important to recognise these attributes and allow them to be used in everyday life, including the workplace. We understand that young people with a DofE Award will have experiences and will have faced challenges which will set them up for their working life."Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture
“We believe the types of skills you develop through doing your DofE, closely match the values (e.g. teamworking, integrity, problem-solving) we are looking for when we recruit our teams. We recognise that participation in the DofE develops a passion for outdoor activities and travel which help us to better understand our customers’ needs.”Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture
“Young people need all the help they can get at the moment. Here at DAKS we want to get behind The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award because we believe it is something all young people should have the opportunity to get involved in, whatever their background. We share a vision with the DofE based on quality, reliability and innovation. We believe that by achieving a DofE Award, young people have a better chance of staying in employment, which is good for UK Plc.”Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture
“I’m the Head of HR for Ordnance Survey, so I know a lot about the opportunities we have around the business and the kind of people we need. I fully support the mission of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and believe that the skills and experience you develop will support you in achieving your career aspirations.”Visit the LifeZone through your eDofE account for the full picture >
“We value those who already have their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, and support our employees if they wish to achieve it because the values you learn through your DofE programme align perfectly with ours. They are values which will set you up for life. A wide range of people who joined us on leaving school or on an apprenticeship programme now hold senior leadership positions in the company.”
Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
"The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a strong track-record of developing well-rounded, caring young people, which are attributes we look for in our employees to deliver top customer service.
We have joined forces with them to give our young apprentices the best start to their career."
Chief Executive Officer
UK Power Networks
I would like to commend The Duke of Edinburgh Award ‘Skills for Work’ programme. I believe participation in the DofE can make a valuable contribution to preparation for the world of work. The DofE activities teach organisation, leadership and resilience. They help make our young people more self-reliant, more risk-aware and they encourage a positive team orientation. All of these attributes will stand them in great stead in the world of work. I say this both as a Group Chief Executive and also as a parent whose own children have been enthusiastic participants in the DofE.
Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group
“We believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is something in which everyone should have the opportunity to get involved.”
Chief Executive, Royal Mail
When we receive applications for employment from candidates who have successfully completed their DofE programme and achieved a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, we recognise this not only as a fantastic achievement in itself, but also as an extremely valuable attribute and one which encompasses a very positive set of transferrable skills for the workplace.
Managing Director, UK,
“Through participation in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, we have seen our employees become better team players, develop effective decision making skills and develop into effective leaders. The DofE provides participants with unrivalled exposure to experiences that really benefits confidence levels and provides a solid foundation for career development within our organisation. In addition, the DofE allows us to have a really positive impact on the communities we work and live in. During our four year relationship with the DofE, our employees have volunteered more than 3,000 hours. Our commitment to the DofE remains as strong today as when we first commenced but now we are reaping the rewards from our employees who have completed their Gold Awards and are demonstrating the benefits they have gained every day, both in work and outside.”
HR Director, VINCI construction UK
We asked UK employers to endorse the skills and attributes such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working that young people with a DofE Award bring to the workplace.
Discover the skills and attributes our supporters are looking for in their employees.