It is a four-Section programme with three levels:
Bronze - for ages 14 and over
Silver - for ages 15 and over and
Gold - for ages 16 and over.
The Sections involve:
Service - helping people in the community
Skills - covers almost any hobby, skill or interest
Physical Recreation - sport, dance, fitness
Expeditions - training for, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback, boat or cycle
Gold Award only - Residential Project, a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to you
The delivery of the Award is entrusted to over 400 organisations (Operating Authorities) in the UK licensed to run the Programme through Award Groups in, for example, youth clubs, voluntary organisations, Open Award Centres, schools, colleges, young offender institutions and businesses. Operating Authorities include local authorities and national voluntary organisations and they authorise Awards once applicable conditions have been met.
Award Groups are run by adults, many of whom are volunteers, including youth workers, teachers, employers, trainers, Instructors, Assessors and individuals from the community, all of whom wish to share their skills, enthusiasm and organising abilities to help young people reach their potential.
The average length of time to complete the Bronze Award is 6 to 12 months, to complete the Silver Award is 12 to 18 months and to complete the Gold Award is 18 to 24 months. It may take less time to complete the Silver or Gold Awards if you already hold the preceding Award. All Awards have be completed by the your 25th birthday.
So why not speak to your Detachment Commander or your Company D of E representative and if you fit the criteria above it's well worth joining the scheme and can be an added bonus for school leavers when looking for a job.
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