Supporting adults in the Award

Published: 26 Apr 2018

The Award couldn’t exist without the dedicated people who offer their time, energy and support to delivering and growing it around the world. Whether working for a national operator and leading the Award in a country, championing it within a school or organisation, or mentoring and supporting young people on the ground, as a Leader, Assessor or volunteer; the Award is nothing without its people.

At The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, we recognise this and are continuing to invest in developing new ways to support the Award’s adults across the globe.

To help us achieve this, a brand new Learning and Development team has been established and during 2018 they will focus on four key areas:

  1. Developing a new online platform for adults in the Award  
  2. The evolution of Award delivery training
  3. Scoping new training for Award Operators
  4. Executive education

All of these initiatives are aimed at enabling growth of participation rates, Award Unit numbers, and as a result the number of trained Award deliverers.

Here is a snapshot of some of the exciting activity to come:

A new online platform for adults in the Award

During 2018, a new online platform will begin to be scoped and developed, to help support the delivery of the Award around the world. The platform will support learning and development, as well as offering news, insights and the opportunity for the Award family to collaborate and share ideas, best practice and learnings.

In the coming months, work will be begin to scope and develop the platform, with the first phase due to launch towards the end of this year.

Evolving Award delivery training

Over the next few months, we will be working on and testing a new way of training those who help deliver the Award to participants. A two part training programme will be developed, which includes staggered training programmes and interactive support sessions which can be accessed online and in person throughout the school year.

Once trialled, the programme will be opened to Award Units and National Operators, allowing for greater opportunities to collaborate on training and take advantage of economies of scale.    

New training for Award Operators

This year will see greater research and discussion around the various staff and roles which are needed to deliver the Award around the world. Work will focus on establishing role types/functions which are consistent from country to country; allowing for greater opportunities to set up consistent training to support growth of Award Operators. Training will start by focusing on supporting licence requirements, however will expand to other areas as the programme evolves.

Executive programmes

The Foundation is working closely with two UK universities to offer executive education programmes for senior Award staff. Through a partnership with Surrey Business School, a short course ‘mini MBA’-style programme has been established, which specifically speaks to some of the challenges and opportunities of the Award. Delegates will also work together to apply their learning to a live case study and apply their learning to their own National Award. Enrolment will launch in the coming week and the pilot course will launch in early May of this year.

In addition, we are also partnering with Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University to provide senior and high-potential Award staff the opportunity to study an MBA on a part time basis over two to three years. More information will follow soon on how to get involved.

For more information on upcoming adults in the Award activity or to get involved, please speak to your regional teams or email