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The Duke of Ed Employer Program

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The Duke of Ed Difference

According to a report from McKinsey, almost *40% of employers identify a lack of soft skills in potential recruits as the main reason for entry-level vacancies.

How can the most suitable applicants with these skills be easily identified? Look for those with ‘the Duke of Ed difference’…

What does ‘The Duke of Ed Difference’ look like?

A young person who has attained The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The Duke of Ed or the Award) has completed one or more levels of a development program that provides them with many of the skills, behaviours and attitudes employers are looking for in new recruits such as:

  • communication
  • team working
  • decision-making
  • perseveranceduke of ed employer flyer image 2
  • organisation
  • self-confidence
  • citizenship
  • leadership
  • resilience

What evidence supports this?

Both formal independent research into the Duke of Ed and anecdotal evidence from employers, universities, schools, parents and participants around the world cite the Duke of Ed as one of the most valuable and impactful
extra-curricular programs available to young people.  The value of non-formal education, in particular the Duke of Ed, in building more well-rounded people is also being recognised in addition to academic qualification by domestic and international employers and university admissions programs.

Hungry Jack's Logo_Square_CMYK-01“ Leadership, responsibility and respect for fellow citizens are important qualities we look for in our young employees. Hungry Jack’s is proud to be a ‘Duke of Ed Employer’ as we believe these valuable life skills are cultivated through participation in the Award.” 

Mr Jack Cowin, Executive Chairman, Hungry Jack’s Pty Ltd

What is a Duke of Ed Employer?duke of ed employer flyer image 3

A Duke of Ed Employer harnesses the value of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award into their recruitment and staff development programs.

From casual employees to internships, apprenticeships and graduate employment, acknowledging the Award:

  • Recognises work-ready candidates: reduces cost of recruitment, identifying candidates with greater experience and skills
  • Furthers career development: provides a low-cost development opportunity to existing young employees.
  • Builds value of brand: increased recognition by employers promotes the Award and encourages greater youth participation.


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How does my organisation become a Duke of Ed Employer?

Download the Duke of Ed Employer Brochure and Duke of Ed Employer Application Form HERE