The Award provides valuable skills for youth which equips them for future endeavours
There are over 3 million Australians aged 15-24 years, accounting for approximately 13.3% of Australia’s total population.
Young Australians are 2 x more likely to be unemployed than adults with the Australian youth unemployment rate (15-24 years olds) currently at 11.7% – twice the national average.
Unfortunately completing a University degree doesn’t guarantee a job in today’s competitive labour market today and over 30% of recent graduates are still looking for a job four months after completing their degree.
(Source Graduate Careers Australia 2013)
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides individuals with values and experiences that are highly sought after in the workforce. From the service/volunteering completed to the adventure you took on, employers are seeking well rounded employees.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is needed more than ever to bridge the gap between formal education and employment.
Through doing the Award and developing important skills like communication, teamworking and leadership, young people can improve their readiness for work while having fun. There was a time when being a student or owning a University degree was all one needed to land a job.
The Duke of Ed program teaches each person to take responsibility for their goals and choices; how to connect and actively engage with their immediate community and how to positively contribute to society by their active involvement.
These are the traits you need to be selling on your CV! If you don’t include your Duke of Ed Award on your CV – now is the time to start.
Instead of the usual hobbies section on the resume, how about one which illustrates the volunteering and experiences you’ve had through the Duke?
Hear how the CEO of MiniMovers values The Award as a staple of one’s resume