Becoming a Duke of Edinburgh Directly Licenced Centre

November 11, 2014

In January of this year, Training 2000 was very pleased to become a Directly Licenced Centre (DLC) for the Duke of Edinburgh youth development programme.

This unique scheme is a world leader, teaching key employability and personal skills, as well as enhancing the Apprenticeships and Study Programmes we already run. As one of the widest-reaching youth charities, 275,000 young people aged between 14-25 take part in the programme every year. To put this into context, that’s volunteering hours’ worth 14 million pounds per year to the UK economy. There are a number of activities that  are included, based on up to five aspects; volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential.

Duke of Edinburgh licences are normally held under the local council and used by schools, colleges and learning providers in that area. However, we wanted ownership of our programme as this would allow us to deliver it to our learners in a way that enhanced their existing programme. The best way to achieve this unique flexibility was to have our own licence.

Tom Kelly, Operations Manager at Duke of Edinburgh charity said “There are no other training providers in the North West who have this licence. Training 2000 are really different to other providers, we work in partnership with them to deliver this programme in a way that really enriches what they already do. Plus we are trying to get more 16-25 year olds involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award and Training 2000 are a key part of that.”

In the first year of running the programme we took 53 Apprentices through, in the second year this doubled to 108. The response has been so good within our Engineering sector that we are now looking into possibly rolling out the opportunity for students to take part in a Duke of Edinburgh award across all of our departments. If this becomes a reality we will become an Operating Authority, able to deliver the programme across our sites.

Training 2000 CEO Steve Gray added “This award offers credibility and self-esteem to our learners. It’s about doing something worthwhile and making a commitment over a period of time. We are fully supportive of the Duke of Edinburgh programme.”

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