Silver awards for adventurous students

Fourteen Public Services students at Burton and South Derbyshire College have successfully achieved Silver Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards.

Students undertook their Duke of Edinburgh awards through Burton and South Derbyshire College, which is an official Direct Licensed Centre for DofE programmes.

To achieve their silver awards, students took part in volunteering projects, such as working with West Midlands Ambulance Service and British Heart Foundation to deliver Heart Start courses. Students also learnt new skills, designed training programmes to increase their physical fitness and undertook a Coast to Coast challenge, which saw them cycling from one coast of England to the other.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards give all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. By undertaking the scheme, students take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an award that is recognised by universities and employers alike.

Public Services student, Courtney Wright said: “I enjoyed taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. It was a great experience and made me feel more confident when doing things I have never done before.”

Rob Stevenson, Public Services Lecturer at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “We are thrilled that our students have successfully completed the DoFE Silver Award. The programmes give students the chance to take part in volunteering opportunities, residential trips and expeditions that help them develop key skills, increase their fitness levels and gain personal development. The Award is highly recognised by universities and major companies, giving students the range of skills they need to succeed in their future careers.”

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