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Students achieve Duke of Edinburgh success

A group of Students from courses across the college curriculum were the first learners to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) bronze standard award recently, as part of a new two-year pilot programme at The City of Liverpool College.

The DofE award scheme, which was introduced back in September 2014, is one of a range of activities run by the student engagement team aimed at developing young people’s skills, in readiness for employment or progression onto higher level courses in college or at university.

The DofE recruits, who include a large group of learners from the Public Services course, undertook a variety of challenges to complete the award which covered four specific disciplines: volunteering in and around the local community; developing social and practical skills; improving physical fitness; and expedition preparation and practical experience – which targets the development of better team work and leadership skills.

The final leg of the award saw the group embark on an orienteering practice at Tawd Vale scout camp before the final expedition, which took place over two weekends at Scarisbrick guide camp in Lancashire.

Beverley Abbott, Enrichment officer at the college said: “The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain the skills, confidence and outlook on life that employers and universities look for in their new recruits. It also allows students to grow as people with lots of chances to make a difference in the community, become fit and healthy, make new friends and create some lasting memories.”

Thirty-one students were presented with their award by Kevin Rodgers, DofE’s operations manager for the north of England, at the Student Enrichment awards evening held in July.

To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at college or the range of enrichment activities on offer, contact: / 0151 252 3738 / Room 2.47 at Learning Exchange (Roscoe Street).

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