• The power of language

    Growing up in a remote village in Bangladesh and coming from an illiterate family did not stop Mizanur Rahman from developing his love of learning and talent for languages. Now fluent in six

  • Peniel

    Through the Award I discovered my passion

    It is through the Award that I discovered my passion for Architecture. When I was younger I used to bike around my community and draw pictures of buildings, which I would then go home to try to model

  • Gold Award participant, Greta

    From student to young professional at PwC

    23 year old Greta is part of the very first group to participate in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Lithuania. Greta explains how the Award helped her take her first career steps

  • Comfort

    Becoming an entrepreneur paid my school fees

    Eighteen year old Comfort Banda was one of 30 girls who enrolled into an Award outreach programme ‘Reach Your Dream’ at her high school in Accra, Ghana. The project sought to equip vulnerable young

  • Gold Award holder, Nsamba Shitumbanuma, from Zambia

    Nsamba's employability story

    Nsamba Shitumbanuma, 21, Gold Award participant and student at the University of Zambia

  • Gold Award holder and conservationist Aurélie Henshaw.

    Aurélie’s employment story

    Aurélie Henshaw’s Service section inspired her to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. Now employed as a training coordinator at Durrell, she says there is no doubt that the Award gave her

  • Nqobile Ofentse Dabula, Gold Award holder and Law student in South Africa.

    Nqobile's employment story

    Nqobile Ofentse Dabula is studying Law at Rhodes University in South Africa. He has also just begun an internship with recruitment firm Odgers & Berndston. Nqobile says the Award helped him

  • Gold Award holder Meilia Natalia helping to plant trees as part of her Service Section.

    Meilia Natalia’s employment story

    Indonesian Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder, Meilia Natalia, has received a full scholarship to study International Relations at Tunghai University in Taiwan. She’s currently working part time

  • Australian Gold Award holder Melanie Tran gets her Gold Award.

    Melanie's employment story

    As a direct result of her Service section, Australian Award holder Melanie Tran was employed by Muscular Dystrophy NSW as their web administrator. Here she explains how she developed valuable

  • Canadian Gold Award holder and Founder of Ryan's Well Foundation, Ryan Hreljac

    Ryan's employability story

    Earlier this year 23-year-old Ryan Hreljac, a Gold Award holder and entrepreneur from Canada, took up a role as Assistant Project Manager at Ryan’s Well Foundation, a charity he founded aged seven

  • Award participants learning new skills in the laboratory.

    Championing youth skills worldwide

    Today is the first World Youth Skills Day, a day designated by the United Nations (UN) to generate greater awareness of the importance of vocational education and training and the development of

  • Why I support the Award

    By supporting The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, our donors are helping to deliver a life changing experience to young people that helps to prepare them for life and work

  • Award holders at work

    Foundation launches ‘Award holders at work’ campaign

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation has today launched its first global campaign, Award holders at work, to highlight the valuable employability skills young people can develop

  • Gold Award holder and IT Manager, Simon Rounding.

    Simon's employment story

    Having travelled, worked for a charity and served with the British Army, Simon Rounding now works as an IT manager for Macquarie in London. He credits the Award with providing him with

  • Onika Stellinburgh, Gold Award holder and Youth Volunteer Program Coordinator

    Onika's employment story

    Onika Stellinburgh, a Gold Award holder from Guyana, works as a Youth Volunteer Program Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. Onika says taking part in the Award gave her the opportunity to

  • Aubrey Jones, Silver Award holder, US

    Aubrey's employment story

    Silver Award holder Aubrey Jones was introduced to the Award at Lincoln Hall, a secondary school in New York State for boys who have become involved in the court system. Having discovered his talents

  • Khurram Khan, Gold Award holder, Australia

    Khurram's employment story

    Twenty year old Khurram Khan is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder. He completed his Award in Pakistan but now lives and studies in Australia, where he is doing a bachelor of biomedicine degree

  • Ghanaian Gold Award holder Eric Kumasenu working at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

    Eric's employment story

    Ghanaian Gold Award holder Eric Kumasenu says the Award has enabled him to develop useful skills for his career as a sound engineer. 

  • Harriet Gwokyalya

    I have a hope

    Silver Award participant Harriet Gwokyalya takes part in the Award through SOS Children's Villages in Uganda. Here she describes her journey to hope through the Award

  • Lord Stanley Fink, supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

    Why I support The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

    Lord Stanley Fink is CEO of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) and Chair of Earth Capital Partners LLP. Prior to this he had an illustrious career at Man Group plc spanning 21 years,